MEETING OF JANUARY 16, 2018
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 January 16, 2018. Mayor Pro Tem Gill presiding, Aldermen Authement,
Bellman, Cox, Papania, Blackman, and Impey were present. Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson
and City Attorney Kevin Melchi. The
Mayor was absent.
TheMayor Pro Tem called the meeting to
Ken Papania gave the invocation and the Mayor
Pro Tem led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Alderman Impey read a proclamation
proclaiming January 16, 2018 Lakota
Lancaster Day in the City of Ocean Springs. The proclamation was presented to her parents Tansy and Rodney Lancaster
with Lakota Lancaster present via FaceTime. (Exhibit 3-a)
The proclamation for the Ocean Springs High
School Cheerleaders was rescheduled to the February 6, 2018 Regular Meeting of
the Ocean Springs Mayor and Board of Aldermen. (Exhibit 3-b)
Vincent came before the Board to discuss CrossFit Gym but asked to reschedule until
February 6, 2018 since Mayor Dobson is out sick. (Exhibit 4-a)
discussion regarding golf cart legislation, item (4-b) was moved to the end of
the agenda following Executive Session.
Hicks, President of Pink Pawz Spay & Neuter, came before the Board to
clarify some incorrect information given by The Feral Feline Coalition. Ms. Hicks stated Pink Pawz has been spay
& neutering cats for 9 1/2 years. She said the deepest impact from her program has been Ocean Springs as
far as helping feral cats and the community animals. Ms. Hicks said she has talked to the Mayor
and asked to be the liaison for Ocean Springs and animal control as far as the
cats are concerned. She wants to
continue this service in Ocean Springs and Jackson County.
TheMayor Pro Tem asked Ms. Hicks and the
representative from The Feral Feline Coalition to leave their contact
information with the Deputy City Clerk so a meeting can be arranged with Pink
Pawz, The Feral Feline Coalition, and some representatives from the City to
work out all the differences with the hopes that everyone can work together.
made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously carried
to accept the consent agenda with the exception of items (6-m) and (6-n) pulled
by Alderman Authement, (6-s) pulled by Alderman Cox, and (6-t) pulled by
Authement asked to table items (6-m) and (6-n) until a meeting between Pink
Pawz, The Feral Feline Coalition and the City takes place to determine how we
can all work together on this issue.
made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried
to table items (6-m) and (6-n) until after a meeting is held before moving
Cox pulled item (6-s) to ask the Community Development and Grants Administrator
for some input on the Ocean Springs Front Beach Living Shoreline project. The Community Development and Grants
Administrator said this is the Tidelands Grant the City received to do the
outfalls for this project. She stated that
Allen Engineering has done some design work on the project but now the City needs
to get them under contract in order to meet with the county and go over the
coordination of the project. This
contract in the amount of $65,000.00 is in addition to the Tidelands Grant
made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to
approve item (6-s) authorizing the Mayor to execute the engineering contract
with Allen Engineering & Science for Tidelands Project FY18-P501-05OS Ocean
Springs Front Beach Living Shoreline in the amount of $65,000.00.
Blackman pulled item (6-t) to table until the Board meeting on February 6, 2018
to give the developer additional time to look at other options before the Board
completely denies the application from Elliot Homes for a Zoning change from
R-1 to R-3 for property located at 8900 Old Spanish Trail Road, PID
#60135060.000, 60135060.030 and 60135060.020.
made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously
carried to table item (6-t) until the February 6, 2018 Regular Meeting of the Ocean
Springs Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
Motion made by
Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Bellman and unanimously carried to pull
(2) two payments to the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $1250.00
each off the docket of claims. (Exhibit 7-a)
Papania asked to pull several items on the docket of claims for
clarification. The first item he pulled
for discussion is to ask if FEMA will reimburse the City for the payment of
$57,976.75 to Applewhite Recycling Systems, LLC. The City Clerk stated she hopes they will
reimburse the City 75% of the debris removal.
Papania asked the police chief if the payment in the amount of $13,995.00 to
The Southern Connection Police Supplies for some weapons was in the police
department budget. The Police Chief
stated it is in the seizures and forfeitures fund.
Papania also asked the Public Works Director if the payment to Graham
Construction in the amount of $13,869.50 for work on Walton Drive is
complete. The Public Works Director said
they had to lay some new pipe and he believes that portion of the job is
complete but the sidewalk still needs to be done.
made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried
to approve the docket of claims. (Exhibit 7-a)
TheMayor Pro Tem asked the Community
Development and Grants Administrator to explain the request for an amendment to
the ordinance. The Community Development
and Grants Administrator said it addresses an issue that has been a reoccurring
problem with houses that have to be elevated due to FEMA rules. It allows the staircase to go into the
setback up to 50% or the 12 ½ feet without having to go through a variance for
homes that are required to be elevated because of FEMA regulations.
made by Alderman Papania, seconded by Alderman Blackman to adopt an Amendment
to the Code of Ordinances for the City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Amending
Appendix D Regarding Set-Back Restrictions in Zoning Laws. Motion passes with all aldermen voting aye
during the roll call vote. (Exhibit 7-b)
Alderman Gill Mayor Pro Tem
Alderman Authement Aye
Alderman Bellman Aye
Alderman Cox Aye
Alderman Papania Aye
Alderman Blackman Aye
Alderman Impey Aye
Impey pulled item (7-c) to table this item regarding the discussion on
reinstating the residential sprinkler ordinance with modifications because the
Building Official is not present at the meeting to discuss. (Exhibit 7-c)
James Lewis, 805 Canebrake Drive, (Ward 5) said he was at the Planning
Commission Meeting where a zoning change from R-1 to R-3 was requested. Mr. Lewis said traffic is already chaos in
this area. Mr. Lewis stated his concerns
about the property value going down in the Canebrake area if the zoning change
to R-3 is approved due to the smaller lots and possibility of duplexes that
would be allowed in this area under the R-3 zone.
Authement stated the Director of Parks and Recreation sent a letter to the
Board of Supervisors requesting assistance for the parking lot improvements at
Taconi. Alderman Authement said he was
notified today that the Board needs to make a motion giving her permission to
resubmit the letter documented in the minutes.
made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried
to allow the Director of Parks and Recreation to resubmit a letter to the Board
of Supervisors requesting assistance for the parking improvements at Taconi.
Authement talked about the Run/Walk permit application that was submitted by
Chic Cody. The walk is a charity walk to
raise money to help the previous Ward 2 Alderman Matt McDonnell’s son, Harris,
to help with his medical bills from a car accident he was involved in.
Chic Cody said the run/walk is going to be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club and will go down the
Front Beach pathway to the harbor and back to the Ocean Springs Yacht
Club. The cost to participate in the walk
is $25.00 and a sponsorship is $100.00. Mr. Cody asked all the Aldermen to join in the walk and challenged them
to become a sponsor.
Papania reassured Dr. Moore that the work done on Weeks Bayou was something
that needed to be done quickly to save someone’s property and not the work the
Corp. of Engineers was going to do that was previously discussed.
Blackman asked the Community Development and Grants Administrator if all of the
submittals for the Government Street Sidewalk Project were received. The Planning & Grants Administrator said
they have all be received and submitted to MDOT for approval.
Blackman wanted to let everyone know that there will be a delayed opening of
10:00 a.m. tomorrow for some of the departments in the City due to the freezing
Impey stated the Mayor and several Aldermen went to Jackson last week for some
very productive meetings at the capitol. Alderman Impey wanted to publically thank Representative Zuber for his
hospitality and support.
Cox asked the Public Works Director for an update on the Colonial Estates water
issue. The Public Works Director stated
the City is still waiting on the permits. The City Clerk said the City has asked the president and treasurer of
that homeowners association to set up a meeting with the residents. She also stated they do not want to sign the
documents because they do not have the means to tie into our system once we put
it in. The City has not heard back from
them at this time so we are waiting on them to decide how they want to move
Blackman asked what the City Clerk meant about not having the means to tie
in. The City Clerk stated they will be
on a master meter; therefore, the City would be shutting off water to all of
the residents in the event of an emergency or failure to pay.
City Clerk has asked for a list of residents so representatives from the City
can have a meeting to discuss this with them.
Cox asked the Public Works Director to get the plaque from the Building
Official and get it mounted on the wall at the Ryan Youth Center. Alderman Cox also mentioned removing the vent
from the gable at the Ryan Youth Center.
made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Bellman and unanimously carried to
go into closed session to determine the necessity of remaining is Executive Session.
made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Bellman and unanimously carried to
come out of Executive Session and enter into regular meeting.
made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to
have the City Attorney draft a new request for general legislation regarding
golf carts and low-speed vehicles on the streets of Ocean Springs to
Representative Hank Zuber. (Item 4-b)
made by Alderman Bellman, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried
to adjourn the meeting.
meeting ended at 6:56 p.m.
Shelly Ferguson /s/
Ferguson, City Clerk Shea
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