REGULAR MEETING OF JANUARY
it remembered that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs
met in a Regular meeting at City Hall in the City of Ocean Springs at 6:00 p.m.
on January 2, 2018. The Mayor presiding,
Aldermen Gill, Authement, Bellman, Cox, Papania, Blackman, and Impey were
present. Also present was City Clerk
Shelly Ferguson and City Attorney Kevin Melchi.
Mayor called the meeting to order.
Papania gave the invocation and the Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance.
proclamation for Lakota Lancaster has been moved to the January 16, 2018 Recess
Meeting. Ms. Lancaster had to report
back to duty today so neither she nor or her family were able to attend the
meeting to accept the proclamation. (Item 3-b)
Mayor read and presented the proclamation declaring the week of January 14-20,
2018 as Mississippi Municipal Government Week to City Clerk Shelly Ferguson.
John Lee, Chairman of Civil Service Commission, came before the Board to
explain what the Civil Service Commission does and how they operate in the City. Mr. Lee introduced the members of the Civil
Service Commission, Monica Dickinson, Rebecca Lucas, and Kevin Westbrook, to
the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. Mr. Lee
notified the Board that they are in the process of updating, clarifying,
changing, and adding to the rules and regulations of the Civil Service
Commission. Mr. Lee said it is their
goal this year to have the members of the commission at the first meeting of
the month as a group and to have at least one member present at the second
meeting of the month. Mr. Lee is
requesting that anytime a discussion is taking place for a civil service
covered position in the City to notify one of the commissioners and make them
aware of the discussion taking place. (Item 4-a)
Lemon, Lemon Mohler Insurance Agency, stated the City did qualify for the
special program with the Mississippi Municipal Service Company which is the
company that writes the physical damage for the City’s liability coverage. Mr. Lemon presented an auto deductible
analysis showing the trends for the last few years and a premium summary
including (3) three renewal offer options and the cost savings associated with
made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to accept
option 2 with a $2,000.00 deductible and a cost savings of $9,921.00. (Exhibit
Rideout, Business Owner of J. Laurie Shoes, came before the Board about a
Business Coalition that was formed in response to the Boards decision to make
it mandatory to fly the MS flag which contains the confederate emblem. Ms. Rideout stated as a business owner the
business during this Christmas season was not the best. She also said she has had several customers
share with her that they will no longer shop in Ocean Springs or will no longer
eat in the restaurants in Ocean Springs. Ms. Rideout said that a few merchants have gotten together and will
sponsor a merchant mixer on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at
Lola Fleur. She said invitations have
been sent to all 400 chamber members. Ms. Rideout said the purpose of this event is to begin to obtain
signatures on a petition to urge the Board to remove the flag. She said both business owners and citizens
will be asked to sign the petition to try to convince the Board that there are
more people than you think in Ocean Springs that do not want this flag.
Blackman gave the numbers for the sales tax revenue for food and beverage and
from retail for July to December of 2016 and July to December 2017. Alderman Blackman wanted it on record that
the sales tax for food and beverage are up by $44,793.00 and retail sales tax
are up by $13,350.00 from the same period last year. (Exhibit 5-a)
made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to
approve the Consent Agenda.
City Clerk notified the Board the docket of claims has been moved to department
reports for the purpose of any items the Board would like to question or
Papania asked for clarification on (2) items on the docket of claims. The first item is a payment to PTS Solutions
in the amount of $35,924.00 for annual software maintenance and support for
2018/2019. Alderman Papania asked if
this software would be included in the new software package the City is going
to purchase. The City Clerk explained
this is for the police, jail, and court system which will be remaining in use.
Papania made a comment about a purchase made through Ace Hardware for small
tools such as pliers and screwdrivers. Alderman Papania asked the Public Works Director if he could somehow
control the tools and equipment spending a little better he would appreciate
made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously carried to
approve the docket of claims. (Exhibit 7-a)
City Clerk notified the Board that our newspaper of record has been sold and
will now be called the Ocean Springs Gazette & Record. (Exhibit 7-b)
Director of Human Resources stated an employee in the Public Works Department,
Street Department Laborer C position, is going to be deployed for (15) fifteen
months. She is requesting authorization
to hire a full-time employee instead of a temporary employee to fill this
position. The Director of Human Resources
said she understands he will have to be rehired for a position equivalent to
the job he currently holds with the City when he returns from deployment.
made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to hire
a full-time employee instead of a temporary employee. (Item 7-c)
Rivera, Bienville Place Subdivision, stated the Board needs to be aware of who
is addressing the Board. Mr. Rivera
asked the Board to consider not letting anyone address them that does not live
in the City. Mr. Rivera stated the Board
is being subjected to bait and switch along with false facts.
(3) citizens came forward to speak against the state flag.
Authement reminded the citizens to wrap their pipes and run their water to
avoid broken water lines.
Blackman asked the Community Development and Grants Administrator for an update
on the Government Street Sidewalk Project. The Community Development and Grants Administrator said the last of the
submittals should have been received by end of business today and the pilings
have been ordered. The delivery time
should be approximately (3) three weeks so work should resume by the end of
Blackman updated the Board on the roof repair on Dewey Avenue Substation. Alderman Blackman said he spoke to Joey
Duggan with Compton Engineering who said they found the leak and are working
toward a resolution of getting it repaired instead of replacing the entire roof.
Blackman thanked the Public Works Director and the Assistant Public Works Director
for cleaning the ditches along Government Street from Magnolia Bayou out to
Davis Bayou. He also thanked the Police
Chief for increasing patrol in Bienville Subdivision after a rash of auto
Impey said the vast majority of these burglaries are crimes of
opportunity. He stated everyone should
take the extra step and lock their cars.
Impey wants to publically send his sympathies to the Miner family. Alderman Impey said Ms. Mary Alice Miner
passed away this week. He said the
legislature went into session today and our Representative Hank Zuber asked the
legislature to recess in memory of Ms. Miner today and recognize her for her
contributions to the City of Ocean Springs.
made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried
to go into closed session to determine the necessity of remaining in executive
City Clerk returned to the meeting and announced a motion was made by Alderman Blackman,
seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to remain in executive
session to discuss personnel in the Public Works Department, Building
Department, Water Department, and City Legal Services.
made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to set
the salary for the Assistant Public Works Director of Field Operations and to increase
the salary for the Assistant Public Works Administrator of Administration and
Finance to the same level. Both changes
to be effective immediately.
made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried
to add discussion regarding JCUA to executive session.
made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to
come out of Executive Session and return to regular Meeting.
made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Bellman and unanimously carried to
recess until 6:00 p.m. on January 16, 2018.
meeting ended at 8:37 p.m.
Shelly Ferguson /s/
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