City of Ocean Springs

    Minutes - April 18, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. Recess Meeting

    RECESS MEETING OF APRIL 18, 2017         

    Be it remembered that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs met in a Recess Meeting at City Hall in the City of Ocean Springs at 6:00 p.m. on April 18, 2017.  Mayor Moran presiding, Aldermen Cox, Gill, McDonnell, Cody, Denyer, Dalgo and Impey were present.  Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson and City Attorney Kevin Melchi.

    The Mayor called the meeting to order.

    Alderman Chic Cody gave the invocation and the Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance.

    PROCLAMATION

    The Mayor proclaimed April 22, 2017 as Earth Day in the City of Ocean Springs.

    The Mayor presented a proclamation to Ms. Mayfield on behalf of her daughter, Dr. Jocelyn A. Mayfield, PT, DPT, OTR/L and SIPT, recognizing Dr. Mayfield as being a member of the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions Hall of Fame and for her dedication to her education and career.

    PUBLIC HEARING

    Motion was made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to enter into Public Hearing.  The Building Official requests permission to secure quotes for property clean up and to secure the pool at property located at 3304 Parliament Drive.

    The Mayor asked if anyone wanted to speak for or against the lot cleaning and no one came forward.

    Motion was made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to come out of Public Hearing.

    Motion was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to have the lot cleaned and the pool secured at 3304 Parliament Drive. (Exhibit 4-a)

    OLD BUSINESS

    The Mayor had a brief discussion about parking on Robinson Avenue by Marshall Park.  The Mayor stated a cost estimate has not been received at this time but she wanted to go ahead and present the drawing for review. 

    Motion made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to stripe the parking area on the north side of Robinson Avenue along Marshall Park. (Exhibit 5-a)

    The Mayor discussed the parking plan for Highway 57 Sports Complex. The Mayor stated Compton Engineering has quoted a price of $4800.00 for the cost of the survey.  The plan includes adding an additional 120 spaces for parking.

    Motion was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to authorize Compton Engineering to move forward with the final documents and go out for bid pending receipt of the final permit.

    NEW BUSINESS

    Motion was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to adopt Resolution of the City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi to temporarily allow consumption of beer and sale of food and beer on public property for the 1699 Weekend of Discovery on April 29, 2017.  (Exhibit 6-a) 

    The Mayor stated item (6-b) the Resolution of the City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi to temporarily close Government Street on April 28, 2017 in celebration of 1699 Weekend of Discovery is tabled.  The Board decided not to close the street.  (Exhibit 6-b)

    Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to adopt an amendment to the Code of Ordinances, the City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, prohibiting parking or standing vehicles on the west side of Simon Blvd. from its intersection with Stuart Avenue southerly to its intersection with Kensington Street. Motion passes  (Exhibit 6-c)

                       Alderman Gill                             Aye

                       Alderman McDonnell                 Aye

                       Alderman Cody                          Aye

                       Alderman Cox                            Aye

                       Alderman Denyer                       Aye

                       Alderman Dalgo                         Aye

                       Alderman Impey                         Aye

    PUBLIC COMMENTS

    Mr. John Rodriguez, 8801 Dixie Street, spoke on behalf of the residents in the Palfrey-Dixie Subdivision.  Mr. Rodriguez asked for an update on the possibility of running a water line for the residents in this area.  The deadline for having their water shut off is May 1, 2017.

    The Interim Public Works Director would like to put a water line on Stonewall instead of Dixie Street.  Mr. Foster emailed the cost estimate of $92,000.00 for 3 to 4 customers with a potential of 12 additional customers on Stonewall. 

    The Mayor stated this property is not in city limits, it’s in the county.

    Alderman Denyer asked the city attorney why the county couldn’t participate more if the City owns the certificate.

    The Interim Public Works Director said the sewer line is not active because it is not hooked up to a pump station.  The water line is active, any extension of water main requires going through the Health Department.  The City cannot drill a well.  JCUA and the State will not give a permit.  Mr. Foster said he spoke to a well contractor.  It will have to go 500 feet deep at a cost of $5,500.00.

    Alderman Denyer asked the Mayor to contact the owner of the well and ask for an extension from May 1, 2017, to allow the City look into getting funds to run a water line.  He also stated the Mayor should contact the Health Department.        

    CONSENT AGENDA

    Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Dalgo and unanimously carried to approve the Consent Agenda with the exception of item (8-m) which was pulled by Alderman Impey.

    Alderman Impey pulled item (8-m) due to a change to an ordinance requiring a roll call vote.

    Motion made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to accept Item (8-m).  Motion passes.

                       Alderman Gill                      Aye

                       Alderman McDonnell          Aye

                       Alderman Cody                   Aye

                       Alderman Cox                     Aye

                       Alderman Denyer                Aye

                       Alderman Dalgo                  Aye

                       Alderman Impey                 Aye   

    DEPARTMENT REPORTS 

    City Clerk:

    The City Clerk stated she spoke to the MS Department of Revenue about what is available to the City for tracking businesses who are paying the 2% tourism tax.  The City Clerk was told they only supply the information based on industry and they consider Bed & Breakfast, short term rentals, hotels and motels one industry.  The MS Department of Revenue does send out a monthly list of businesses that pay taxes. These businesses are then cross-referenced with our privilege license database. (Exhibit 9-a)

    ALDERMEN’S FORUM

    Alderman Gill discussed the sound system for the board room at City Hall.  After much discussion a majority of the board members do not want to spend the quoted amount of $10,000.00 - $13,000.00 on the sound system.  The Mayor and City Clerk will discuss other options.

    Alderman McDonnell asked for an update on the request he made for a list of street lights in Ward 2 that have not been retrofitted with LED street lights.

    Alderman McDonnell commented on the resolution that clarified the language in the Bed & Breakfast ordinance explaining how the 250’ measurement would be determined.  Alderman McDonnell would like this same language be included in the short term rental ordinance to give those neighbors and neighborhoods that do not have a homeowners association or covenants a voice.

    Alderman Cody talked about parking issues at the YMCA and the possibility of extending the parking lot on the south side.  He stated DMR advised against it.  Alderman Cody is asking Compton Engineering to look at the property behind the YMCA and come back to the Board with a recommendation. 

    Alderman Cody requested a legal opinion regarding the water situation on Dixie Street.  Alderman Cody is asking for an emergency cost estimate to run a 2” water line to be run on Stonewall to allow approximately 12 residents to tap into with Heath Department approval.

    Alderman McDonnell commented on the officer stationed downtown and the positive impact it is making in the downtown area and the great job he is doing.

    Alderman Denyer thanked Public Works, Planning Department, and Building Department for helping him with projects in various areas. 

    Alderman Denyer also stated that the Finance Committee has been given high cost estimates for repairing the roof issues at City Hall, Library, and Dewey Avenue Substation.

    Alderman Impey mentioned the great job Wade Morgan has done with kicking off the Unified Development Code meetings.

    EXECUTIVE SESSION

    Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to go into closed session to determine the necessity of going into executive session. 

    The City Clerk returned to the meeting and announced a motion was made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to remain in executive session to discuss personnel in the police department. 

    Motion was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to return to regular session.

    Motion was made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Impey to approve Police Chief Dunston’s recommendation to terminate employee #2155 effective immediately. 

    The City Attorney gave an update on the contract negotiations with GeoTour on the Geo Cache program.

    Motion was made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to approve the GeoCache contract.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Cox to adjourn the meeting.

    The meeting ended at 7:52 p.m.

     

    /s/ Shelly Ferguson                                        /s/ Connie Moran

    City Clerk                                                         Mayor

     

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