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Mayor spokesman says no baseball vote this week

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Columbia City Council will not vote on aproposed minor league ballpark at its March 18 meeting.

In a 4-to-3 vote at the last scheduledmeeting, members gave first reading approval to a 30 year license agreementwith Hardball Capital.

Hardball Capital wants to build aminor-league ballpark as part of the Bull Street project.

A second vote could have happened Tuesday,but Michael Wukela, Mayor Steve Benjamin's communications director, says therewill be no vote Tuesday.

On the agenda for March 18, a discussion onthe importance of civil discourse. Last week, Mayor Benjamin sent out astatement asking for more civil and respectful dialogue in public meetings.

According to the agenda for March 18, Ms.Charlene Keys, Area Vice President of Operations for Time Warner Cable, Mr.James McLawhorn, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the ColumbiaUrban League, and Mr. Charles Weathers, Sr., Founder and Chief ExecutiveOfficer of The Weathers Group, will be part of the civil discourse discussion.

Asfor the baseball vote, Wukela says Mayor Benjamin, "anticipates a vote asearly as Council's April 1 meeting."

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