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THE COLUMBIA John Temple Ligon's 1 Columbia C Council * August 13 * 9 am City Hall Roll Call City council work session began a few minutes after 9 am. Present were Sam Davis, Anne Sinclair, E. W. Cromartie, and Jim Papadea. Mayor Steve Coble was attending to his livelihood Gantt as a lawyer representing clients --bonds, before the Public Service Commission. more bonds Hamilton Osborne took his seat at 9:14. Township to rise again Steven Larkin, "Raise the Townshipr' Sally Roach, "I've done it before, and I'm happy to do it here." Steven Larkin, Township Auditorium Board of Trustees, introduced their new interim director Sally Roach. Extraordinarily qualified and tracked in her field of performance venue management, Roach fielded questions from council, all to the satisfactibn of everyone present. When in Rome, build, tax, build Steve Gantt, assistant city manager, explained funding requirements for capi- tal improvements, projects that could tap into the new hospitality tax. That tax starts coming in this October and is pro- jected to annually total $5.6 million. Some arts and cultural groups, programs that attract tourists, may object to the competition for the tax supposedly set for tourist-related activities. The city could readily use $8.5 million to cover budget deficits in finishing five major projects: (1) Canal Front, (2) SE Tennis Center, (3) Columbia Tennis Center, (4) Drew Park, and (5) Finlay Park. The state statute covering the allowed uses of the hospitality tax i so broad, albeit for tourism, that Gantt said the five projects all qualified. Also, the city needs extra help with the recreation staff and the police at Three Rivers Greenway, over $1 million in additional help. Gantt recommended a $10 or $15 million bond issue that could cover these requirements and could be paid off by the hospitality tax. Sinclair said council's attitude has always been, "It gonna fall from the sky," whenever the call for money was heard from arts groups. She suggested that capital improvements might qualify bet- ter as investment. Osborne agreed and added that the capi- tal projects, maybe more than the opera- tions budgets of the arts groups, had a lot to do with making Columbia "a more livable place to live." Osborne cited the refurbishment of Gervais Street as a cap- ital improvements project with strong return, which was a redirection of transit money promoted by Osborne's client SCANA. Maybe that makes SCANA a more marketable fLrm to market, as Osborne might say. A meeting with The McNair Firm's Dan McLeod, one of the city's commissioned bond lawyers, might bring more to light, said Gantt. A quicky downstairs. At 9:30 Papadea moved council down- stairs into executive session to discuss a personnel matter. They returned to resume at 9:50. Tort liability increased Council approved a payment to States Insurance for $228,534, which covered the city's excess tort liability insurance policy that increased the limit from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000. Annexation A second reading with immediate approval annexed tracts on McLeod Road at Wilson Boulevard. Sold! To the highest bidder The city agreed to sell to Blanchard Machinery Company Beltline for $175,825, Amazingly, no real estate cut in on the deal. Expand through trade Diedra Crow, Office Development, invited conference titled Trade." Co-sponsored by' Joe Wilson, the August 19 with SC State Museum. to speak the next day, 12:30. The major purposes: (1) resources and trade among successful S( Cromartie asked about the African-American Amazing Almost as as a without adjourned around 10. Next meeting The next city council work l Wednesday morning, am. Neighborhood meetings August 24 *Jones McDonald, 4 pm, Horizon-Barhamville McFadden Daycare Center August 25 *Edisto Court Comm., 6 pm, 1815 Mitchell St. Tabernacle Prog. Chr. *Windermere Springs, 7 pro, Print Bldg, 3907 Ensor Ave. August 26 *Eau Claire Comm. Eau. Claire Comm., 6:30 pm, Print Bldg., 3907 Ensor Ave *Hollywood/Rosehill, 7 pm, 230 S. Waccamaw *South Kilbourne, 6:30 pm, S. Kilbourne, 6:30 pm, S. Kilbourne Elem. School, 2003-2004 Officers Nominated August 27 *Columbia College, Call the Pres. for date, time, and location. Eloise Booker, 786-4148 August 28 *CCN Meeting, 5:30 pm, 1225 Laurel St, 4th Floor, Lrg. Conf. Rm. Richland County Council members Doris Corley, 932-2203, District One Thelma M. Tillis, 754-8896, District Three Kit Smith, 254-0542, District Five Joseph McEachern, 786-8304, District Seven Susan Brill, 788.8516, District Nine James Tuten, 754-3822, District Two Paul Livingston, 765-1192, District Four L Gregory Pearce Jr., 783- 8792, District Six Joan B. Brady, vice council chair, 787-9712, District Eight Bernice G. Scott, council chair, 353-8812, District Tony Mizzell, 776-8788, District Eleven Mayor of Columbia Bob Coble- P.O. Box 217, Columbia, SC 29217- 733-8221;; Term: 2006 Members of Columbia City Council E.W. Cromartie H- 1607 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204- 254-.7243; Term: 2004, District Two Jim Papadea- P.O. Box 528, Columbia, SC 29202 - 779-4420; Term: 2004; At-Large Hamilton Osborne Jr. - 1201 Main Street, 22nd Floor Columbia, SC 29201-3232- 779-3080; h0s-; Term: 2006; District Four Anne M. Sinclair- 3601 Monroe Street, 29205- 253-8773;; Term: 2004; District Three Sam Davis- 950 R0sedale Arch, Columbia, SC 29203- 754-0525; Term: 2006; District One ameika Isaac- 722 King Street, Columbia, SC 29205- 254-8868; Term: 2006; At-Large Would you l to join a business fa make lotS money, a have fun, The Columbia star ing for an person who loves customers hapPY- qualify, please call Montgomery at an interview. Sportsarama 2003 kicks off football season The 44th Annual Football Sportsarama, co-sponsored by Rlchlsnd School District One and the R1chland Sertoma Club, is Friday, Aug Stadium. There will be four games, with teams playing two, ten-minute quarters: Columbia and C.A. Johnson, 5 pm; Keenan and Ben Lippen at 5:40 Dreher, 6:20 pm; and A.C. Flora and Fairfield Central, 7 pm. Each team is limited to two timeouts per half. All other SC High School League rules will be is designated seating by school. All tickets are $5. Proceeds from ticket sales are divided among the eight participating schools. Concession sales the Richland Sertoma Club to promote numerous health, educational, and recreational projects. For further information, call Dr. Carlos Smith, athletic director, at 231-7496.