and Finance Committee
February 27, 2001, 6:00 p.m.
To Order – Joe
McEachern, Committee Chair, called the meeting to order at 6:10.
of Minutes – The minutes of the January 23, 2001 Regular Session Meeting
were approved as submitted.
of Agenda – The agenda was adopted as amended, adding "Year of the
Neighborhood" as Item G under Items for Action.
for Bernie McGuire, SC Tennis Hall of Fame – The Committee recommended
that Council approve the resolution honoring Bernie McGuire for his induction
into the SC Tennis Hall of Fame.
for Bob Pulliam, Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee – The Committee recommended
that Council approve the resolution honoring Bob Pulliam for his induction
into the Aviation Hall of Fame.
for Douglas Oates, SC Flight Instructor of the Year – The Committee recommended
that Council approve the resolution honoring Douglas Oates for his selection
as the SC Flight Instructor of the Year.
for Austin Newman, South Carolina Youth Volunteer – The Committee recommended
that Council approve the resolution honoring Austin Newman for his selection
as a South Carolina Youth Volunteer.
Radios – The Committee recommended that Council approve the request
to purchase 77 portable radios in the amount of $115,500; the County’s portion
of this expense is $11,500, representing the required 10% matching funds
of a grant being used to purchase this equipment.
- and 3. Budget
Amendments for Fuel and SCANA Radio Service – The Committee deferred
these requests for budget amendments in the amounts of $297,000 and $160,000,
respectively, until such time as General Fund monies are required to fund
- Police Officers’
Retirement System – The Committee deferred this request to the next Committee
meeting in order for the County Attorney to be consulted regarding his legal
concerns on this issue.
- Babcock Center:
Resolution – The Committee recommended that Council approve Babcock Center’s
request for a resolution, necessary for a SC Department of Transportation
grant, designating it as an organization in Richland County able to provide
transportation to people with disabilities.
- Bond Court:
Additional Hours – The Committee recommended that Council approve the
Chief Magistrate’s request to increase the number of hours worked by the part-time
Magistrate from 30 to 37 hours.
Deobligating Bonds – The Committee recommended that Council approve the
request to redirect $326,828.51 in remaining bond proceeds for improvements
to the Bluff Road Detention Center and its surrounding area, including a lightning
protection system, community improvements, and new expansion start-up costs.
- State Farmers
Market: Resolution – The Committee recommended that Council approve the
resolution – as amended – to reflect its support of the Columbia State Farmers’
Development: "Year of the Neighborhood" – The Committee recommended
that Council approve the request to declare 2001 as the "Year of the
Neighborhood" in Richland County.
Specialist" in Washington, DC – The Committee recommended to retain
this issue on the Committee agenda so a thorough report may be prepared for
for Awarding Accommodations Tax Grants – The Committee directed staff
to schedule a work session on this issue to develop general, objective criteria
for awarding Accommodations Tax fund grants.
Policy Decision-making versus Staff Work – The Committee referred this
issue to the Council’s Rules Committee.
by Pam Davis