City of Ocean Springs

    Minutes - December 20, 2016 - 6:00 p.m. Recess Meeting

    RECESS MEETING OF DECEMBER 20, 2016         

    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 December 20, 2016.  Mayor Pro Tem Impey presiding, Aldermen Cox, Gill, McDonnell, Cody, Denyer, and Dalgo were present.  Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson and City Attorney Kevin Melchi.     

    TheMayor Pro Tem called the meeting to order.

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

    PROCLAMATIONS

    The proclamation declaring Excelerate Mississippi was pulled from the agenda.  (Exhibit 3-a).

    TheMayor Pro Tem read the proclamation declaring December 20, 2016 as South Mississippi Living Magazine Day in the City of Ocean Springs (Exhibit 3-b).

    OLD BUSINESS

    The Parks and Leisure Services Director and Joey Duggan with Compton Engineering briefed the Board and presented drawings for shade structures at Highway 57. 

    Motion made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to authorize the Parks Department to go out for bid on shade structures for Highway 57 Sports Complex. (Exhibit 4-a)

    Alderman Cox is requesting a discussion to consider suspending the residential sprinkler ordinance and draft a new ordinance to match what the other cities and counties are doing along the coast.

    Fire Chief Jeff Ponson and Deputy Chief Nate Wilson stated they do not support changing the residential sprinkler system ordinance.

    Motion made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Gill to suspend the residential portion of the sprinkler system ordinance and draft a new one.  Alderman Cox withdraws his motion, Alderman Gill withdraws his second.

    Motion made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Dalgo to suspend the residential portion of the sprinkler system ordinance (Chapter 7 Article 1 Section 7-24 Subsection 4.)  Motion passed.

               Alderman Gill                             nay

              Alderman McDonnell                   nay

              Alderman Cody                          aye

              Alderman Cox                            aye

              Alderman Denyer                        aye

              Alderman Dalgo                         aye

    NEW BUSINESS

    Mr. Brian Fulton, County Representative, discussed the BP settlement funds economic development and projects specific to the coast.  The Jackson County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution along with cities that 80% of the funds remain on the coast sent the Board a template to send back.  Mr. Stan Flint, lobbyist for county to legislature for BP funds, spoke about the upcoming session, needs list by the second week in January.

    ADDENDUM

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to add the Addendum to the Agenda with the exception of (A-1c) pulled by Mayor Pro Tem Impey due to some missing information.

    PUBLIC COMMENTS

    Melanie Allen, Ward Avenue, read a written speech about her alarming sense of concern regarding the working relationship between the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for the City of Ocean Springs. 

    Phil Moore, Holcomb Blvd., stated the Fire Chief is right, people are negligent and should have sprinklers.

    Shae Dobson, Roberts Circle, asked if the ordinance is causing people to build dangerous houses.

    Ann Whyte, 3629 Perryman Road, thanked the Board for suspending the residential sprinkler system portion of the ordinance. She also thanked the Board for building sidewalks because her son was hit by a car while crossing the street at Beverly Place where the sidewalk ended.

    CONSENT AGENDA AND ADDENDUM

    Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to approve the Consent Agenda and Addendum with the exception of Items 7-a and 7-j which were both pulled by Alderman Dalgo.

    Alderman Dalgo congratulated Dr. Lena Melton for serving 30 years on the Ocean Springs School Board.  Alderman Dalgo said he spoke to Dr. Melton and she asked him to communicate the importance of diversity on the school board.

    Motion made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to approve Item 7-a.

    Alderman Dalgo pulled Item 7-j for clarification of the Fire Alignment Salaries.  Alderman Denyer explained on behalf of the Finance Committee. (Exhibit 7-j)

    Motion made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to approve Item 7-j.

    DEPARTMENT REPORTS

    Community Development & Planning:

    The Planning Director explained the ordinance.

    Motion made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Cox to adopt an Amendment to Ordinance No. 13-1976 Rezoning Property located on the south side of Ocean Springs Road, between Old CCC Camp Road and Reilly Road, PID# 61262013.000, from R-1 to R-2 as requested by Jason and Roxanne Borries. (Exhibit 8-a)

              Alderman Gill                             Aye

              Alderman McDonnell                   Aye

              Alderman Cody                          Aye

              Alderman Cox                            Aye

              Alderman Denyer                        Aye

              Alderman Dalgo                         Aye

    Motion made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Cody to adopt an Amendment to Ordinance No. 13-1976 Rezoning Property located at 1515 Government Street, PID# 60119358.000, from I-2 to C-2 as requested by the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. (Exhibit 8-b)

              Alderman Gill                             Aye

              Alderman McDonnell                   Aye

              Alderman Cody                          Aye

              Alderman Cox                            Aye

              Alderman Denyer                        Aye

              Alderman Dalgo                         Aye

    City Attorney:

    Kevin Melchi discussed the issues with the rental of space at the Taconi Building and the affidavit for the Mary C. to obtain their liquor license.  The other issue is getting Headstart to keep children out of the cafeteria because it is within 150 feet of the Mary C. O’Keefe building.

    Mr. Melchi stated the issue with renting some cafeteria space to the American Legion cannot take place because it will affect the certification for Headstart.  The American Legion has also been offered the four classrooms that Excel by Five was going to occupy.  The Building Official stated if the City chooses to let them rent these rooms the wall and door would have to be constructed to separate the different entities as governed by state licensing regulations.

    H. R. Committee:

    HR Director explained the proposed changes to the Leave Policy for personal, sick, and military leave.  The change is to allow employees to start using their personal and sick leave on the first day of the month after the leave is earned instead of waiting the completion of six consecutive months of employment.  This change would put us in line with the neighboring cities, counties, and the state.  It should alleviate the accrual of compensatory time by new hires.    

    Motion made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to adopt the proposed changes to the leave policy.

    ALDERMEN’S FORUM

    Alderman Dalgo is requesting some direction for the Economic Development Council. 

    Motion made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to have the Board send a letter to each member of the Economic Development Council to attend the next board meeting to request dialogue.

    Alderman Denyer thanked Johnny Groue for his many years of service.  Alderman Denyer also stated his concerns about the sidewalk project.

    Alderman Cox thanked Johnny Groue for his service.  Alderman Cox stated he will have a list of supplies and/or equipment needed for the Ryan Youth Center to present at the next board meeting.

    Alderman Impey thanked Johnny Groue for his service.  Alderman Impey composed a letter signed by all the Board thanking the Seabees for their long standing relationship and hours worked on different projects around the City.

    Motion made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to enter the letter written to the Seabee’s into minutes.

    Alderman Cody thanked Johnny Groue for his years of service.  Alderman Cody said he met with the Chamber of Commerce and the department heads regarding the Peter Anderson Festival and Cruisin’ the Coast events to come up with suggestions on how to improve these events.  Alderman Cody mentioned the traffic issues with the sidewalk project.     

    Alderman McDonnell asked Johnny Groue to put together a list of pertinent repair items for equipment that needs replacing or repairs.  Alderman McDonnell asked if he would have this list of necessities for the next board meeting or at his exit interview.

    Motion made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cox to allocate up to $2,700.00 for a bronze plaque for the Ryan Youth Center to tell the story of the Ryan brothers from Ward 2 funds.  

    Motion made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to spend up to $150.00 to double side three barricades previously purchased from Ward 2 funds.

    Alderman Gill thanked Johnny Groue for his time and service as an Assistant Director and Director.  Alderman Gill asked the Planning Director for an update on the Fort Bayou Dredging Project.   

    Motion was made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting. 

    Meeting ended at 8:40 p.m.

     

    /s/ Shelly Ferguson                                          /s/ Connie Moran               

    Shelly Ferguson, City Clerk                                Connie Moran, Mayor

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