WEDNESDAY, December 23, 2002
9:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Special Called Meeting on Monday, December 23, 2002, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:19 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

1. Federal Appropriations Requests for FY 2004 Update

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the additional Federal Appropriations Requests for FY 2004:
· North Main Street Improvements -$10.0 million
· Erosion Control Projects- $6.0 million
 - Easter Street $2.0 million
- Randell / Northwoods Hill - $4.0 million

A motion by Mayor Coble to go into Executive Session for the discussion of Items 2. through 4., failed for the lack of a second.


Ms. Kathryn Bellefield, appeared before Council to ask that the chaos be brought to an end.   She stated that the citizens have faith in the elected officials but feel as though they are caught in the middle of this.

Ms. Myrtle Gordon, Edgewood Read Street Community, congratulated the members of Council, the Mayor and the City Manager for the leadership shown in this community and throughout the City of Columbia.  She stated that the community knows that they are a good working team because of the things they have accomplished together.  Ms. Gordon informed Council that the community is with them in every way.

Mr. Gates, stated that we have a good team that has done more for the City of Columbia, than anyone he knows of in recent history.

Mr. Bill Manley, urged Council to come together, because the headlines are tearing us apart.  He stated that Council has so much on their plate with the Convention Center, the Convention Center Hotel, Main Street and N. Main Street improvements.   Mr. Manley suggested that Council watch their funding, because the cost of parking and taxes are rising.

Mr. Durham Carter, stated that he was hurt while reading the paper and seeing that the city he loves the most is falling apart.  He asked Council to work together for the good of the City of Columbia and make it a good place to live and work.  Mr. Carter thanked the members of Council for their support of the Martin Luther King Neighborhood.

Reverend E. Frances, stated that he has taken a great deal of pride in the fact that we have some of the hardest working elected officials in the state.  He informed Council that good people should be able to come to a resolution in any conflict even if emotions, circumstances, pressures and outside forces cloud their judgment.

Mr. Lawrence Corley, Highland Park Subdivision, stated that in passing various laws and ordinances emphasis needs to be placed on enforcement otherwise you’ve lost you’re time and effort.  He told Council that some new parking laws are going to be difficult to enforce because the Police Department does not have the manpower.

Mayor Coble recognized the attendance of Representative Todd Rutherford.
Councilman Cromartie, expressed his appreciation to everyone that attended and shared their thoughts with members of Council.

Councilwoman Isaac, thanked everyone for coming and stated that Council will commit to work through this.

Mr. Cromartie stated that they (Council) want this to come to an end and stop airing dirty laundry in the newspapers.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:20 a.m. for the Receipt of legal advice relating to matters covered by attorney-client privilege regarding the Rosewood Youth Academy; Discussion of negotiations to proposed contractual arrangements regarding the City Dock and the Convention Center Hotel Project; and Discussion of a Personnel Matter relating to the City Manager.


2. Receipt of legal advice, which relates to matters covered by attorney-client privilege
- Rosewood Youth Academy
  This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

3. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
 - City Dock - Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
- Convention Center Hotel Project - Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
  These items were held over, no action was taken.

4. Discussion of a Personnel Matter – City Manager
  This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

Mayor Coble and Mr. Davis left the meeting at 12:50 p.m.

Mayor Pro-Tempore Cromartie now presiding.

Mayor Pro Tempore Cromartie adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk