City of Ocean Springs

    Minutes - January 2, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting


    Be 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, 2019.  Mayor Dobson presiding, Aldermen Cox, Gill, Authement, Bellman, Papania, Blackman, and Impey were present.  Also present were City Clerk Patty Gaston and City Attorney Kevin Melchi.       

    The Mayor called the meeting to order.

    Alderman Papania gave the invocation and the Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance.


    Alderman Papania led the discussion for the RFQ for professional engineering services (Exhibit 3-a). Alderman Blackman expressed his opinion that the RFQ as is, is incomplete, due to missing evaluation criteria that is required for state or federally funded projects for reimbursement. Alderman Papania stated that he believes that qualifications in relation to receiving/handling funds can be done for each project. The Planning/Grants Administrator explained that the City would not be able to use the same firm for some grant-funded projects if a documented competitive project was not documented.  The criteria varies between funding sources. Alderman Impey stated that the engineering firms could not produce a fee schedule before they are awarded the RFQ. Alderman Papania and Alderman Authement stated that the RFQ is just for day to day operations and not for the City projects. Discussion held until later in the meeting.


    Item 4-a, authorization to hold the Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Recess meeting in the Municipal Court Room was removed by Alderman Blackman to be discussed at a later date due to the current inability to adequately setup the court room for the board meeting.

    The Building Official introduced Mr. Damon Torricelli as the City’s storm water representative with Neel-Schaffer (Exhibit 4-b).


    Motion made by Alderman Cox and seconded by Alderman Impey to accept the consent agenda.  Motion carried with Aldermen Gill, Authement, Cox, Papania, Blackman and Impey voting aye and Aldermen Bellman voting nay.


    Motion made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to accept the docket of claims (Exhibit 6-a).

    Motion made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to accept the monthly budget report (Exhibit 6-b).

    Alderman Gill asked the Parks & Recreation Director about a location for residents to play basketball indoors after hours and on weekends at one of the facilities. The Mayor stated he would talk to the Parks & Recreation Director the next day in regards to working on his concern.

    There was a return to discussion of Exhibit 3-a, the RFQ for professional engineering services. Alderman Papania stated that item 7, the fee schedule, on the proposed RFQ would be removed and replaced with the Evaluation Criteria from the City of Pascagoula RFQ for professional engineering services (Exhibit 3-b).  Motion made by Alderman Papania, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to allow the Mayor to proceed with the revised RFQ for professional engineering services.


    Britt Sandblum addressed the board in regard to the concrete ditch under construction on Front Beach. She expressed concerned about the cleanup process and about standing water which may foster mosquitos. Alderman Cox responded that the ditch would not be constructed on the entire length of Front Beach but will end at the triangle at the base of Washington Avenue. Alderman Authement stated that the City would be responsible for keeping the area clean.


    Alderman Bellman inquired about the garbage RFP that had been issued and the Mayor stated that they have been negotiating with the bidders and will update the Board of Alderman at a later date.

    Alderman Papania asked about the work on the dog park and Alderman Cox said that the work has been delayed due to the recent rainy weather.

    Alderman Blackman asked for an update on the Government Street sidewalk project and the Planning/Grants Administrator replied that the information has all been submitted and that they are waiting to hear back on it.

    Motion made by Blackman, seconded by Impey and unanimously carried to recess until 6:00 p.m. January 15, 2019.

    Meeting ended 6:39 p.m.


    _/s/Patty Gaston_______     __/s/ Shea Dobson_______                  
    City Clerk                            Mayor

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