CALL MEETING OF DECEMBER 8, 2016
it remembered that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs
met in a Special Call Meeting at City Hall in the City of Ocean Springs at 5:00
p.m. on December 8, 2016. The Mayor presiding,
Aldermen Cox, McDonnell, Cody, Dalgo, and Impey were present. Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson
and City Attorney Kevin Melchi. Aldermen
Gill and Denyer were absent.
Mayor called the meeting to order.
Special Call Meeting is for the purpose of any and all matters pertaining to Approval
of the Special Event Permit Application for the Ocean Springs Carnival
Association Mardi Gras Parade; discussion of sprinkler system ordinance and
potential alternative; authorization to hire Stephen Grayson, Parks Maintenance
Worker; and Executive Session regarding personnel in the Police Department.
made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to approve
the Special Event Permit Application for the Ocean Springs Mardi Gras Parade to
be held on February 24, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; using the pre-approved
parade route with line-up beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Front Beach; pending
General Liability Insurance documentation.
Mayor has not met with the Planning, Building, and Fire Department. The Mayor asked if the Board would like to
move forward with alternatives to the ordinance.
Building Official, Fire Chief, and Deputy Fire Chief spoke against changing the
Dalgo, Cox, and McDonnell all stated concerns for and against the sprinkler
ordinance. Alderman McDonnell is in
favor of a tax rebate or financial incentive to offset the price of the
sprinkler system. The Mayor asked for a
show of hands to change the ordinance. Alderman Dalgo raised his hand and Aldermen Cox, McDonnell, Cody, and
Impey did not.
Cowart and Chris Eaton spoke against the ordinance.
Whyte and Ms. Thurber spoke against the ordinance.
made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to hire
Stephen Grayson, Parks maintenance Worker, $12.00 hourly, effective December
12, 2016; one-year probation; pending successful completion of all
made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to go
into closed session to determine the necessity to enter into executive session.
made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried
to remain in executive session to discuss personnel in the Police Department.
session motion made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Dalgo to
authorize two week suspension without pay, one year probation, written
reprimand in personnel file, public apology to Board and Alderman Cody for
made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Impey to come out of executive
session and enter into regular session.
made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to
adjourn the Special Call Meeting.
meeting ended at 6:16 p.m.
Shelly Ferguson /s/ Connie MoranCity Clerk Mayor