City of Ocean Springs

    Minutes - February 25, 2019 - 5:00 p.m. Special Call Meeting




    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. 


    The 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.


    The 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.


    Alderman 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.


    Motion 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 Call meeting.


    The meeting ended at 5:25 p.m.



    ___/s/Patty Gaston_______                     ____/s/ Shea Dobson______

     City Clerk                                                 Mayor


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