MEETING OF DECEMBER 6, 2016
it remembered that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs
met in a Regular Meeting at City Hall in the City of Ocean Springs at 6:00 p.m.
on December 6, 2016. Mayor Moran
presiding, Aldermen Cox, Gill, McDonnell, Cody, Denyer, and Impey were present. Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson
and City Attorney Kevin Melchi. Alderman
Dalgo was absent.
Mayor called the meeting to order.
Mike Barnett gave the invocation and the Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor read a Proclamation declaring December 6, 2016 as Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Day in the City of Ocean
Springs. (Exhibit 3-a)
Cox stated he would wait and make a statement about the Ryan Youth Center dedication
and ribbon cutting during alderman’s forum.
Mayor questioned the logistics of the Ryan Youth Center. The Mayor is interested in knowing which
groups would be allowed to use the building, who will be responsible in
operating and maintaining the building, and whose authority will it be
under. Alderman Cox stated that Geri
Straight, Parks Director, will be in charge of the building for all basketball
practices. Janice Hilton will be over
the building for all rentals after basketball season is over.
Impey questioned what department will be over the Ryan Youth Center building
and whose budget will it come out of.
Agnes Mestayer, President of the Mayor’s Youth Council, gave an update on the
projects that the Mayor’s Youth Council have been involved with and are
currently working on.
Thurber, 2116 Whitney Oaks, she stated she has a lot at 251 Lovers Lane. She is requesting the Mayor and Board of
Alderman to reconsider the interpretation of the residential sprinkler system
ordinance. With the ordinance as it
stands would cause them to not be able to build a second story. They may consider to not build back on that
property which would cause them to build their home elsewhere, possibly outside
of Ocean Springs.
Wold, Off the Hook Fish House, 1013 Government Street, is inviting everyone to
come out to Pleasant’s BBQ for a charity event on December 18, 2016, to help
the Battle Family who recently lost their home to a fire. Mr. Wold also asked to have any fees that may
be associated with the event be waived. This event will be held on city property. Alderman McDonnell reminded them that a
Special Event Permit Application needs to be completed for the event.
Whyte, 3629 Perryman Road, came before the board to get a status on the
residential sprinkler system ordinance. Mrs.
Whyte is waiting to build on their Lot at Seaside. She stated it is a concern
for them because for each day there is not a decision made it is costing them
money. They have been notified
construction costs are going up and inflation has already gone up. They are coming to a point where they need to
decide if they are even going to build on this property.
Mayor stated she has been gathering information from different sources and
wants to invite the Fire Chief, Building Official, the Board of Aldermen, and
contractors to attend a meeting to discuss options. This would require a change to the ordinance so
it needs to be discussed and a decision made.
Denyer stated the Board needs to set a deadline to give the citizens an answer
so they are able to make a decision on how to proceed with building on their
Malone, 3230 Cumberland Road #82, asked the Mayor and Board to do some research
on long term effects of LED lighting. Ms. Malone also expressed her concerns about the lack of doctors on duty
at Ocean Springs Hospital over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Pleasant stated the time for the Special Event Battle Family Fish Fry will be
on Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to
add the Addendum to the Agenda.
CONSENT AGENDA and
made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to
approve the Consent Agenda and Addendum with the exception of (Item A-1a)
pulled by Alderman Cox and (Item 7-f) pulled by Alderman Impey.
Cox pulled (Item A-1a) to give the Mayor and Board time to review the Lease
Agreement with Young Life for use of office space in the Ryan Youth Center
Impey pulled (Item 7-f) to discuss approval of the Carnival Association’s Mardi
Gras night parade on Friday, February 24, 2017. A memo from Deputy Chief Derek Hoppner was given to the Mayor and Board
stating the police department was recommending to not approve this parade. The memo addressed problems from past parades
by listing occurrences that took place due to safety concerns for the officers
being assaulted and crowds are too large for their department and assisting
agencies to maintain adequate safety.
Cody stated he would like to have a meeting with the Police Department, Public Works,
and the Mayor and Board to discuss prior to cancelling this event to see what
can be done to improve this parade. Alderman McDonnell wants to hear from the Police Chief before this is
voted on. The Board is concerned why
this information has not been brought before the Board to address these
Chief stated the Police Chief is out of town but is in agreement with this
recommendation to cancel the night parade. He also stated that these problems
and concerns have been discussed in meetings regarding special events. He assumed the Aldermen attending these
meetings were bringing the information back to the Board.
Denyer commented that this is the first time he has seen this memo and heard
officers were assaulted. Alderman Denyer
stated the last paragraph of the memo is graphic and it makess a lot of
accusations against the Board. He
requests more time before making a decision. Alderman McDonnell stated these valid concerns have to be addressed
responsibly. Alderman McDonnell will not
vote on this until he has had the opportunity to meet with the Police Chief and
Sheriff to address these issues.
made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to
table this item (Item 7-f) until further discussion with the Police Department,
Sheriff’s Department and Department Heads can take place.
Foster, City Engineer, updated the Board on the water and sewer facilities
plans. The facilities plan has a
requirement for applying for low interest loans through the state. Public Works has approximately $30million
worth of projects in the planning phase. The state will only allow $5millon dollars at a time. Public Works is reviewing the projects and
listing according to priority.
Public Works Director, City Attorney and Compton Engineers met to discuss one
major project which is to get a water line across Fort Bayou from West Jackson
County system to Lovers Lane to increase the pressure and eliminate the closed
loop system that is currently in place. There are three different options under review.
Foster stated the repainting of the City’s water tanks is a $300,000.00 to
$350,000.00 project that will be included in the list of projects where funds
will be applied for.
included in this plan is to replace thousands of feet of asbestos cement water
lines throughout the city. The section
of lines from Calhoun Street between Washington Avenue and Jackson Avenue will
be replaced with the current budget. There have been 5 breaks in this area in the last couple of years. Moving forward they will look at the areas
where they are having the most breaks and prioritize the list of projects.
that will be included in the sewer side of the plan are to include some lift
stations that are in need of major repairs. Public Works just completed $3.2million on the 592 Sewer Rehab program
on pump stations, repairing and lining manholes, replacing and lining sewer
pipes, and installing SCADA systems to pump stations.
testing is continuing to be done. Some
inflow issues have been found.
storm drain updates; the Chaney-Thorn ditch in the Mosaic Church area has been
completed. The Vicksburg ditch which
runs along the east side of Parktown has been rocked in but still needs hydro-seeding. The CIAPP Arbor Vista ditch is complete.
Foster stated there are two Pat Harrison projects being considered for approval
and five more that will be sent for approval.
McDonnell asked about paving being done at Little Children’s Park. He said he did not request this. Alderman McDonnell said he received phone
calls from citizens concerned about run off into a ditch that cannot handle
additional water. Alderman McDonnell is
requesting the Public Works Director to follow up with the county and put this
Denyer asked is something can be done about the JCUA sewer station on the
corner of Bechtel Blvd. and Government Street. The smell at this corner is horrible and has been this way for
years. Mr. Foster stated station #4 is
going under a huge overhaul. The cause
of the smell is because the manhole next to the station is open because they
have a pickup tube going into it for their bypass pump.
Cody asked about the two pipes that run under Fort Bayou. He was told one of them failed. Alderman Cody is requesting Public Works to
verify this has been fixed and that both lines are operating.
Foster said Public Works took bids on 1,100 feet of sewer pipe lining. The bid documents stated the unit price bids
are not to exceed $48,000.00 for the project. The bids will be reviewed and placed on the next agenda.
Mayor commended Public Works on the work they did at the Kudzu lot on Magnolia
Avenue. Mr. Foster said Christian Preus
deserves that credit for designing it.
Impey asked if the ditch in the Walmart area is on the Pat Harrison list. Mr. Foster said there are three ditches in
the Walmart area that are going on the list. PHWD only allows the project to be open for three years so they do not
want to place it on the list too early.
made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried transfer
$250.00 out of his Ward 3 funds to the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce for
the publicity of the city during the Ryan Youth Center Dedication and Ribbon Cutting
and the Christmas Tree Lighting events.
Denyer requested Public Works to check on the malfunctioning light on Beachview.
made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to spend
up to $1000.00 from his Ward 4 funds for tables, chairs, office furniture and
other furnishings for the Ryan Youth Center.
Impey wanted to mention the great job Public Works did on the Vicksburg ditch
on the east side of Parktown.
Impey also mentioned the paving of Deanna and Gibson Road in his ward that have
been on his list for three years.
Impey mentioned the Building Official has been doing a good job putting signs
out notifying the public about tree trimming for clearance that will be taking
place in the next couple of weeks in and around the Parktown area and the
Cox asked Public Works to check the railroad crossing on Thorn Avenue. Alderman Cox is requesting Public Works
measure to verify we have the correct width of the rubber pillars; also one of
the pillars on Martin Luther King have collapsed. He is requesting to have this repaired.
Cox has been asked by the Board at the Mary C. O’Keefe Board to approve a Gold
Star Monument by Linda Brokyl with the Garden Club in the front yard at the
Mary C. O’Keefe building.
made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to
approve placing a Gold Star Monument in the front yard at the Mary C. O’Keefe
building pending concurrence with the Department of Archives and History.
Cox read a statement regarding the Ryan Youth Center Dedication and Ribbon
Cutting. Alderman Cox stated he did not
ask the Mayor to speak at the event and he was glad he did not due to remarks
that were made by the Mayor. Alderman
Cox apologized publically to the countless volunteers and the Ryan family on
behalf of the Board of Aldermen for the inappropriate comments and lack of respect
Cox excused himself from the meeting. Alderman McDonnell and Alderman Denyer also left the meeting at 7:35
meeting was recessed by operation of loss of quorum.
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