Work Session
WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2000

The City of Columbia City Council met on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at 9:00 a.m. in the City Hall Council Conference Room, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Council members present were:  The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and the Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City  Manager and Ms. Vivian A. Krigline, City Clerk.

1. Request from Fort Jackson for Fencing

Representative Jimmy Bales appeared before Council to request the City’s assistance with a fencing project at Fort Jackson.  Residents along the boundary of the Fort are experiencing problems with the deer coming from the woods on the Fort.  The request is to construct an 8 foot cyclone fence with barbed wire for a cost of $250,000.  Rep. Floyd Spence Office is to assist with requesting funds in the 2000-2001 budget.  The Commander of Fort Jackson is asking the City for local assistance in the amount of $50,000 before make a formal budget request.

Council discussed the issues involved, including problems with the deer population in other areas of the City.

After discussion, Council agreed to have the City Manager coordinate a meeting within the next month, to review and bring back a comprehensive plan to help in all areas of the City.

2. Dot Ryall - Committee Report for Sculpture Garden

Ms. Dot Ryall reported to the Council the results of the study committee for the R. A. Block sculpture garden.  The committee met, and requests the use of 2 ½ to 3 acres of Maxcy Gregg Park for the cancer survivor, tranquility sculpture garden.  The committee also requests permission to proceed with the R.A. Block Cancer Foundation grant.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council unanimously endorsed the project.

Ms. Ryall announced and showed a photo of a piece of bronze sculpture being donated, which will be placed in the tranquility garden.

3. Review of Agenda

Mr. Bierman reviewed items on the regular agenda.
4. LDR - International Convention Center/Arena/Lincoln Street Master Plan

Mr. Bierman reviewed a contract with LDR International to assist with projects and negotiations related to the Convention Center/Arena.  The cost of the contract is $20,000 to $25,000.

Ms. Heizer made a motion to approve the contracts and asked that Craig Watson coordinate with staff, the Design Preservation Committee and others, as a team on the projects.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Davis and unanimously approved by Council.

5. Economic Development Items:

a. Approval of Economic Development Marketing Piece for Upcoming
Germany Trip and other Marketing Efforts

Mr. Gambrell reviewed a proposed marketing brochure for the upcoming trip to Germany.  Funds for printing the brochure is to come from an account set aside for marketing publications.

Council based the space in this brochure be given to discuss neighborhood economic development initiatives.  They also asked that a companion piece be developed devoted to neighborhood issues.

b. Request Contribution for USC Engineering School’s National
Society of Black Engineers

Council discussed a request for a $1,000 contribution to the USC Engineering School’s National Society of Black Engineers.  This allocation will come from Economic Development funds.  After discussion, upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, council unanimously approved the $1,000 contribution.

6. Review of Budget FY 2000/2001 City of Columbia Operating Budget

Mr. Bierman distributed information on the proposed budget for Inspections, Planning, Community Promotions and Accommodations Tax; The budget will be discussed further during the May 24 & 31 work sessions.

7. Announcements

Mr. Bierman reported Moodys has upgraded the City’s financial status from AA to AAA.

There will be a luncheon on May 25 to announce the YWCA Twin Award winner.  Ms. Heizer has been nominated for the award.

Mayor Coble asked the City Manager to assist with a Boy Scout project to raise funds for a memorial to Gray Olive.  Council recommended another park other than memorial park, and to ask the family to assist.

Council went into the regular meeting at 10:00 a.m.

Council returned to work session at 10:40 a.m.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously voted to go into executive session at 10:40 a.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m.

Submitted by

Vivian A. Krigline, City Clerk and
Peggy S. Breeland