SPECIAL CALL MEETING FEBRUARY
Be it remembered that the Mayor Pro-tempore
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 February 25, 2019. Mayor Pro-tempore Papania presiding, Aldermen
Cox, Gill, Authement, Bellman, Blackman and Impey were present. Mayor Dobson was absent. Also present was City Clerk Patty Gatson and City
Attorney Kevin Melchi.
Mayor Pro-tempore called
the meeting to order.
The Special Call Meeting is for the
purpose of any and all matters pertaining to accepting easement from Colonial
Estates for water service (Exhibit a); discussion of RFQ – Engineering Services
Submissions (Exhibit b); adoption of a Unified Development Code (UDC) (Exhibit
c); Discussion of $50.00 from each Ward for promotion of Ocean Springs for the
Mardi Gras Night Parade.
Alderman Cox asked the Public Works Assistant
Director for an update on the Colonial Estates water service. He said Colonial
Estates has new officers, the leaks have been repaired and they are asking when
the water will be installed. He said JCUA has a line but the City needs the
easement so that we have a right to go on the property. Motion was made by
Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to accept the
easement from Colonial Estates for water service.
Aldermen will review and rank the six engineering firm RFQ’s received before
the March 6th Board meeting. At that time, a determination will be
made for the engineering firm. The Mayor’s Assistant said she will provide a
ranking sheet with the qualification criteria.
Cox discussed two points on the UDC he would like to change. First, the new 50%
variance listed is too great of a change from previous 20% variance. He thinks
25% variance is a more reasonable increase. He recommends the 50% variance be
adjusted to a 25% variance on the approved UDC. Alderman Gill agreed with the
variance change. Second, the access point restriction for residential lots on
page 264 table 5.2. The new code states that the allowed number of access
points are determined by lot size. Some small lots need a loop drive and this
would make it impossible for them to have the two access points. He would like
to adjust the code to read that additional access points may be permitted
subject to approval by Public Works. Aldermen Gill agreed with access point
change as well.
was made by Alderman Authement and seconded by Alderman Blackman to adopt the
Unified Development Code as recommended by the Planning Commission with the
change of eliminating all references to R-1-A and reclassifying all R-1-A
properties to R-M-1, as the UDC and all changes contained therein are
consistent with the comprehensive plan and will foster the growth of the City, and
in addition the following amendments to Page 15 section 1.21.2D change variance
from 50% to 25% and add a footnote to Page 264 Table 5.2 Maximum Number of
Access Points, footnote: "additional access points may be permitted, subject to
the approval of the Public Works Director”. The motion carried with a roll call
vote as follows:
Alderman Gill Aye
Alderman Authement Aye
Alderman Bellman Aye
Alderman Cox Aye
Alderman Papania Mayor Pro-tempore not voting
Alderman Blackman Aye
Alderman Impey Aye
There was discussion of $50.00 from
each Ward for promotion of Ocean Springs for the Mardi Gras Night Parade.
Alderman Authement does not believe $50.00 is an adequate amount. Alderman Cox
does not believe the funds should come out of Ward funds as it is not a brick
and mortar project but should be removed from promotional funds. Alderman
Authement said that Ward money should not be used for donations but this is for
the City. All agreed that the special events budget needs to be investigated
and adjusted as they are not on target. Motion was made by Alderman Authement,
seconded by Alderman Bellman and unanimously carried to give $100 from each
Ward for the promotion of Ocean Springs for the Mardi Gras Night Parade.
Motion was made by Alderman Impey,
seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to adjourn the Special
The meeting ended at 5:25 p.m.
Gaston_______ ____/s/ Shea Dobson______
City Clerk Mayor