May 16, 2001
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room
2nd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street



Ms. Plough reviewed the regular agenda with Council.


A. Convention Center Authority Update - Bill Dukes

This item was rescheduled for the May 23, 2001 work session agenda.

B. Storm water Utility

Ms. Dee Bennett briefed Council on recent activities relating to the proposed storm water utility.  Ms. Bennett stated that staff hosted a media tour of six business areas in the City.  Additionally, staff held five public meetings, one in each Council District and one in Council Chambers.  Staff met with representatives of the University of South Carolina, Richland School District One, and South Carolina General Services.  Presentations were given to the United Way of Midlands CEO Meeting, Chamber of Commerce.  Press releases providing dates and times of Public Meetings, notifying leaders of all Neighborhood Associations listed with Community Services.  Staff called each leader to remind and encourage attendance.  Published articles in the winter/spring issues of City Scape, CAN Newsletter, and the Downtown Business Association Newsletter. A meeting with CAN has been scheduled for May 31, 2001.  Developed a group of trained staff members to answer all technical questions from the public concerning the proposed storm water utility.

Council took this as information and will provide recommendations to staff after completing their review.


Ms. Plough gave Council an overview of the City of Columbia=s FY 2001-2002 Annual Budget.


A. Chicory Request - Mike Tinkly ($20,000)

Mr. Michael Tinkly, Ph.D., appeared briefed Council regarding a proposed survey and recordation of cemeteries in the City of Columbia and Richland County at a cost of $20,000.

After a brief discussion, Council took this as information and asked city legal staff to review the issues relating to cost and liability.  Council take it under consideration during the City=s budgetary meetings.

B. Columbia Inferno Request

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted to authorize the City Manager to negotiate a fair arrangement regarding the request from Columbia Inferno to provide annually up to 36 free evening or weekend parking dates to season ticket holders for two (2) years or the period of time they lease the Carolina Coliseum which ever comes first.

C. Ray Corley Contract

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

D. Advisory Committee Appointments for North Main Street Area
Plan and Corridor Plan

Mr. Randy Jorgenson distributed a list of recommended Committee members and scheduled meetings dates for Council=s review and comments.  After a brief discussion, Council asked staff to keep them informed of future meetings and to update the list with the recommendations from Council.

E. Sponsorship - World Affairs Council

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

F. Planning Staff Position - Landscape Designer

Ms. Plough recommended hiring a Landscape Designer for the Planning Department.  Council asked that this position report to Ms. Debbie Price or Mr. Chip Land and asked the City Manager to negotiate a salary range for the position reporting results back to Council.

G. Public Hearings  - Building Codes

Ms. Plough recommended June 6, 2001 as the first schedule public hearing regarding the new international building codes relating to plumbing, electrical, etc).


Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted to go into executive session at 12:50 p.m. to discuss a contractual matter and to receive a legal briefing on a land contract.  Mr. Osborne did not participate in any discussions regarding SCANA.

The meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted by,

Peggy S. Breeland
City Clerk