MEETING OF JANUARY 17, 2017
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 17, 2017. Mayor Pro Tem Impey presiding, Aldermen
Gill, McDonnell, Cody, Dalgo and Cox were present. Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson
and City Attorney Kevin Melchi. The
Mayor and Alderman Denyer were absent at roll call but arrived later in the
TheMayor Pro Tem called the meeting to
Chic Cody gave the invocation and the Mayor
Pro Tem led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Holifield, Ph.D. CALT, QI, Executive Director and Founder of the 3-D School of
Dyslexia, presented information on the history of the 3-D School of Dyslexia
and the programs it offers. The state of
Mississippi is leading in dyslexia education. Dr. Holifield stated that 1 in 5 children have dyslexia. The Mississippi
dyslexia law mandates screening in kindergarten and first grade. There is a
need to expand this program to the Tradition Campus of William Carey. The 3-D School was established in 2008 and is
currently serving 128 students from second to fifth grade. The school is state accredited and receives
state funding through MAEP and ESA funding. Dr. Holifield is proposing to establish a 3-D
School program and evaluation center to serve the Gulf Coast students with
dyslexia. The 3-D School would like to
lease up to six classrooms next to the gym in the Taconi Building for their
temporary location. This would allow
them to serve 60 children in the next three years. Dr. Holifield said this is a time sensitive
issue and would need an answer by the end of January 2017 in order to have all
of the contracts in place and children tested before school starts in August.
Rosetti Applewhite, Economic Development Council, recommends making an
application to place a Blues Trail Marker at the corner of Washington Avenue
and Government Street. The cost of the
marker is a one-time investment of $9,100.00. The application and grant documents would need to be completed by
January 25, 2017, in order to get on the Blues Commission agenda for the
February 1, 2017 meeting.
Cody, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to have the Grant
Administrator apply for the MS Blues Marker and have the City Clerk allocate
funding options for this project.
Lana Hawkins, 5504 Peacock Street, stressed her concerns with the Colonial
Estates water system. Ms. Hawkins stated
she has worked with Randy Bosarge and John McKay in the past regarding water
issues. They have been reprimanded for
their water well. The city holds the
certificate to this property and will supply the water. Mr. James Foster said they are ready to move
forward with the project as soon as the funding is available. The aldermen stated they will maintain the
certificate and have Jackson County fund the project. The project will cost
Alderman Denyer arrived
at the meeting at 6:34 p.m.
Reeves, 1220 Sunset Drive, represents a number of East Beach residents. The residents are asking the board to table
the new Bed & Breakfast Ordinance. He is concerned about the language in the ordinance. The residents are concerned with the due
process and feel it is a violation because they were not given adequate notice
and opportunity to give input. The final
version of the ordinance up for consideration references an enhanced life
safety occupant egress which is a punch list as he understands it. Mr. Reeves asked why the statement that
reads, "Any bed and breakfast all applicable building codes, fire and health
codes would apply as if the facility were located in a commercial zone and
designated a commercial venture” was removed from the original that was
considered by the planning commission. He
suggests slowing the process down until ordinances from other cities that run
bed and breakfasts can be referenced and to obtain a wide variety of input from
many sources since it concerns the entire city and not just East Beach.
Nichols, 418 Ruskin Avenue, stated as a resident of the historic Ruskin Oak
Subdivision he feels the city is lowering the standards in order to allow Bed
& Breakfasts in the R-1 neighborhoods. Mr. Nichols is concerned about some of the language as well. It reads that this ordinance can be prevented
by an active HOA that has a covenant on the books that prevents 30 day rentals.
That does not help him because he lives in a historical neighborhood,
historical subdivision that was built prior to the time HOA’s became prevalent. The other issue with the amendment to the
ordinance as presented are the recitals seems to reduce all changes made in
1994 to the main issue of egress. He
would like to have a chance to review the minutes of the intent that leads up
the 1994 amendment that allowed the Bed & Breakfasts so he knows the entire
Cloyd, 433 East Beach Drive, thanked the board for the opportunity to give his
comments about the Bed & Breakfast Ordinance that impacts his neighborhood and
other R-1 neighborhoods. Mr. Cloyd asked
why the passage of this amended ordinance is so urgent when there has only been
one application for Bed & Breakfast submitted in the last 2 years. The residents are requesting additional time
to understand the ordinance and offer some suggestions and improvements to the
ordinance to allow the neighborhoods to maintain its current uses that are
allowed now which are limited and should be in an R-1. He asked why this ordinance is being amended
in a piece mill fashion when the city has budgeted tens of thousands of dollars
to develop the Unified Development Code that could and should address this and
other issues in town. He feels the
ordinance discriminates against older subdivisions that are not able to
organize HOA’s in the same fashion as newer subdivisions.
The mayor arrived and assumed
control of the meeting at 6:44 p.m.
Joe Cloyd continued by stating codifying a voice for some people and limiting
the voice of others sounds like discrimination to him. Mr. Cloyd has other issues that he will
submit in writing at a later time. On
behalf of himself and his wife they are asking the board to table this
Dempsi Levi, 410 East Beach, stated he wanted to go on record stating he
supports the comments made by the other gentleman who lives on East Beach.
Impey requested to add two items to the Consent Agenda. The Parks Director asked to accept the
resignation of Stephen Grayson in her department and the Chief of Police requested
authorization to hire Chantha "Nick” Lee, certified patrolman, $14.50 hourly
rate, one-year probationary period pending successful completion of all
pre-employment requirements as approved by the HR committee.
made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to
accept two items as an addendum to the Consent Agenda.
CONSENT AGENDA and ADDENDUM
was made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried
to approve the Consent Agenda as presented including the Addendum.
Community Development & Planning:
roll call vote was called for to amend the Ordinance Amending the Comprehensive
Zoning Ordinance of the City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi being Ordinance No.
13-1976, as amended, by Amending the Landscaping Requirements Section of the
Subdivision Regulations and Creating a Landscaping Section of the Zoning
Ordinance. Motion passed. (Exhibit 7-a)
made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried
to table the Ordinance Amending the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of the City
of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Being Ordinance No. 13-1976, as amended, By
Revising Provisions for a Bed & Breakfast Enterprise in R-1 Zone for 60
days. (Exhibit 7-b)
Denyer is requesting the city attorney to research what constitutes a
neighborhood and whether or not they can create an HOA.
Ricky Authement asked if the application that is on the table going to continue
to be held. Aldermen Denyer stated this
application is not on the agenda and does not feel it can be voted on without
the applicants and their attorney present.
Official gave an update on the arborist reports regarding the trees on
Washington Avenue. The Building Official
talked about the tree on Washington Avenue in front of Lovelace Drugs. He is concerned about the hazards mentioned
in Fulgham’s Inc. report of the assessment on this tree.
was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously
carried to authorize the Building Official to come back to the board with his
recommendation including the cost to mitigate the tree in front of Lovelace
Drugs on Washington Avenue in two weeks. Alderman McDonnell amended his motion to include temporarily moving the
benches, Alderman Gill amended his second. (Exhibit 7-c).
stated the tree committee is alarmed about the risk factor mentioned in the
report. They are concerned about the
safety issues associated with it. It is
recommended to move the benches, limit traffic use and limit the crosswalk use.
Building Official gave an update on the current condition and condemned status
on the house located at 1112 Turner Street. The homeowner has been given 10 days to fix and clean the property. If the issue is not corrected in 10 days the
house will be boarded up. (Exhibit 7-d).
McDonnell asked if a house is boarded up how long is it able to remain boarded
up without any repairs made to bring it back to code. The Building Official stated there is a one
year minimum as long as corrective action is being made to repair and there is
not a time line for a maximum length of time if no action is being taken.
Gill asked to meet with the Building Official and James Foster about the
retirement home drainage issue before going into executive session.
Gill asked Mr. James Foster if the engineering plans for the Fort Bayou canal
dredging are done. Mr. Foster stated
they are 95% complete and that he will get a printed coy for him.
McDonnell stated he is receiving complaints about the house on the corner of
Jackson Avenue and Calhoun Street that has been boarded up for years. He is asked for the Building and Planning
Department to come back with a way to cure the ailments for property owners who
live next to this eye sore.
McDonnell asked the board to revisit the sign ordinance. He said there are several businesses that are
on the verge of closing. He is asking if
there is any way to relax this ordinance and allow additional footage and/or
height requirements for signs including A-Frames. The Planning Director said they are compiling
a list of recommendations and asked the board to forward any recommendations
they may have to her as well.
McDonnell thanked James Foster for getting the list of repairs needed on some
of their equipment. He is in favor of
buying a new street sweeper from the funds the city was able to generate from refinancing
the bonds on the 2% tax. Alderman
McDonnell is concerned about the age of the existing fleet and stressed that
this is something the board needs to take into consideration. He stated the city needs to repair what needs
to be repaired and replace the equipment that is beyond repair. Mr. Foster said he is working on a
spreadsheet that lists the repairs made to the equipment, the cost to repair,
and how long the equipment was out of commission on each piece of equipment. Alderman McDonnell asked the City Clerk if
the purchase orders reference the piece of equipment that repairs are being
requested and asked if she would send someone from her staff to Public Works to
help compile this list.
mayor asked the Assistant Public Works Administrator to bring the information
on leasing a street sweeper back to the board for review.
Cody stated the ditch behind 218 Barbara Court needs to be cleaned.
Cody stated the ditch between Bills Avenue and Clark has a refrigerator in it
that needs to be removed.
Moran has been talking with Living Well Ministry and other churches and
agencies that assist the homeless. She
is trying to help facilitate meetings with the ministries and other churches. She has been in touch with the county about the
Highway 57 emergency storm shelter and decide if this is something we want to
pursue or not. It would be a county
facility for cold weather that serves the Ocean Springs and Gautier area. She would coordinate with CTA to bring people
to the shelter. The ministry has all the
volunteers and the Red Cross brings in all the cots and blankets.
Cox asked the City Clerk where we stand on the IT Committee. The City Clerk stated the Mayor is ready to
advertise to begin accepting applications.
Cox asked the Planning Director for an update on the downtown parking
study. He said Government Street is
terrible. The area from Holcomb to
Halstead needs to be added to the list as soon as possible.
Dalgo asked about the applications for the school board interviews and when
they would take place and clarified when the term ends.
Dalgo asked about the job description for Compton Engineering and James Foster
serving as the Interim Public Works Director. Alderman Dalgo asked how long is this interim position for and when will
the discussion to replace the position begin to take place.
Impey thanked James Foster and the Assistant Administrator of Public Works for
all of their help over the last couple of months.
Impey publically thanked some of the Gulf Coast delegation for their time at
the Gulf Coast Legislative Session.
made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to go
into closed session to determine the necessity of entering into executive
session. Alderman Gill and McDonnell did
Alderman Gill left the
meeting at 6:55 p.m.
Alderman McDonnell left
the meeting at 6:58 p.m.
made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to
remain in executive session to discuss contract regarding Public Works and
Alderman Dalgo left the
meeting at 8:45 p.m.
made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to
come out of executive session and enter into regular session.
made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to adjourn
meeting ended at 8:55 p.m.
Shelly Ferguson /s/
Ferguson, City Clerk Connie
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