Work Session
WEDNESDAY, September 13, 2000

The Columbia City Council met for a work session, Wednesday, September 13, 2000, in the Council Conference Room.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:10 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. Peggy S. Breeland, City Clerk.

1. Review of Regular Agenda

Mr. Bierman reviewed the agenda with Council.

Item IV. 1 and 2. - Council discussed concerns regarding noise after 10:00 p.m. during these events.
Council asked that Fred Delk and Bob Medlock prepare a definitive policy on outdoor events.

Ms. Sinclair wants to consider the Five Points within the same policy.

Mr. Davis asked that residents be included in discussions.

2. Appointments

Mr. Bierman reviewed boards and commissions that will need appointments made in the near future.  He advised Council that The Planning Commission has one vacant position.

Council asked the City Manager to provide a list of all the current board members along with their background information.

3. Parking Federal Courts

This item was held over.

4. Parking Taylor Street Parking Garage - Solicitorís Office

Council approved a request from Solicitor Barney Giese to issue parking stickers to part-time and student interns allowing them to park on the top floor of Taylor Street Parking Garage.

Mr. West informed Council that the Taylor Street Parking Garage will be shut down in three months and that Carolina First may potentially rent approximately 150 spaces.

Mr. Cromartie asked that staff inform the Solicitorís office of the garage closing.

Mr. Bierman assured Council that the solicitorís office will be given parking passes to be placed in the windshield of their cars from now until December 2000.

5. Trolley

This item was held over.

6. Stormwater

This item was held over.

7. County Presentation - Columbia Venture

Mr. Ike McLeese, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, appeared before Council with an update regarding the Columbia Venture Project.  The purpose of the update was to have an open line of communication between the City and the County.  Mr. McLeese stated that on September 26th, 2000, FEMA will produce the preliminary maps and the begin the formal process.  He asked Council to review the current information and asked for Councilís input.

5 Contract and Legal Matters

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously voted to go into executive session at 11:30 a.m. for a legal briefing on contract and personnel issues and SCANA.  Note.  Mr. Osborne did not participate in discussions regarding SCANA.

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

Submitted by:

Peggy S. Breeland,
City Clerk