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 3, 2017. The Mayor presiding,
Aldermen Gill, McDonnell, Cody, Cox, Dalgo and Impey were present. Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson
and City Attorney Kevin Melchi. Alderman
Denyer was absent.
Mayor called the meeting to order.
Cody gave the invocation and the Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance.
discussion concerning the residential sprinkler ordinance was pulled from the
agenda due to Alderman Denyer’s absence.
made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to add
the Addendum to the Agenda.
made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to
adopt the Resolution of the City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi to Support the
YMCA Request for BP Funding. (Exhibit A-1a)
Mayor stated she is getting a lot of complaints about A-frame signage and
banners on Highway 90. The Mayor said
she is concerned about the signs being too close to the highway creating a
traffic hazard and becoming an eye sore. The Community Development and Planning Director said the code states
that A-frame signs are limited to one per business to advertise daily specials
and/or sales and placed outside the business during business hours only. The director of the Building Department
stated part of the problem is the City closes at 5:00 p.m. and most businesses
are open until 9:00 or 10:00 p.m. therefore, the signs are left out overnight.
Mayor has asked the Building Director to ask other cities how they handle A-frame
signs, banners, and pennant flags.
Building Official and Building Inspector will be going to the businesses to
give them a letter regarding the sign ordinance.
Rhodes, previous owner of Rhodes Flooring, expressed her concerns about the
signage along Highway 90. She stated
that Highway 90 is the gateway to our community and it’s what the visitors see.
She stated if we want visitors to stay here and spend tax dollars here we need
to make it more presentable. Mrs. Rhodes
stated the city needs to do something to enforce the sign ordinance. She said Highway 90 looks horrible and that
business owners need to remove all torn, damaged, and faded signs and banners. Mrs. Rhodes said as a business owner she believes
that if they have to follow the rules then all business owners should have to
Cox, Pinehill Road, a retired Special Education teacher found a bunch of
cats. She was planning to start
trapping, neutering and releasing them. She feels the city needs to be more humane when it comes to trapping. She said a lot of citizens that pay a lot of
taxes are wanting to give their own money to have the animals neutered and
allow them to live out their lives.
Klish, 503 Heatherstone, stated Ms. Cox is right about the Jackson County
Animal Shelter. She has personally paid
to have 388 cats spayed/neutered, and shots. She has also found homes for all but 13 of them. Ms. Klish stated we have a young veterinarian
that is going to spay and neuter for the price of $60.00 for females and $35.00
for males. If anyone would like to help
her find these animals homes, or pay to have some of them spay and neutered
Mayor told Ms. Cox and Ms. Klish to contact her office if they are interested
in joining a group with includes some employees from the shelter to help review
the current animal ordinances and possible revise them.
Cody said they are planning to meet with the Board of Supervisors about the
Jackson County Animal Shelter to see how we can go about following what
Harrison County does.
Abrams commended the city for the great job the city has done with the property
on Magnolia Avenue, Kudzu Lot. He stated
the neighbors are extraordinarily pleased with this job.
Bill Moore wanted to publically thank the Board for the work they do and
also apologized to Alderman Dalgo and
Alderman Impey for getting a little excited over the residential sprinkler
ordinance issue at the Board Meeting a couple of weeks ago.
Roosa, with the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, wished the board a Happy New
Year. She also extended an invitation
for everyone to come to the museum for a visit.
Dalgo talked about the water that is leaking through the block walls in the
Ocean Springs Community Center. The
walls are cracking and a white, powdery substance is coming out of the
wall. He is really concerned about the
murals on the walls.
made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to approve
the Consent Agenda.
Mayor mentioned ongoing discussions about providing water service to Colonial
Estates water system. This is the
neighborhood north of CC Camp Road which is right outside the city limits. The City holds the certificate to this area
and it’s up to the City to supply the water. This project will cost approximately $40,000.00.
Foster made it clear that he does not know if Colonial Estates lines are
adequate enough to tie into. Mr. Foster
stated all the City is doing is providing water from our line on Carla Court
down to a tie in point on their distribution system. It will remain Colonial Estates distribution
system and they are responsible for maintaining it.
made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Dalgo to authorize the mayor contact
the county and DRM about funding the Colonial Estates project. (Exhibit 7-a)
Planning Director updated the Board on the successful completion of the 2016 Occupant
Building Official notified the Board about damage to a live oak tree on
Washington Avenue in front of Lovelace Drug Store. He had an arborist examine the tree and once
he gets the report from the arborist he will come back to the Board with his
Gill discussed some drainage and flooding issues behind five houses on Princess
Anne Drive in Fort Bayou Estates Subdivision. He stated there is a ditch that runs between the homes and Ocean Springs
Nursing Home. This ditch is full of
debris and has created a dam which is causing the backyards to these five homes
to flood. He wants to work with the
Building Official and the nursing home to see what can be done to alleviate the
drainage problem that is causing the flooding in these backyards.
McDonnell asked James Foster if Johnny Groue came up with a list of equipment
that needs repairs and the cost associated with it. Mr. Foster stated he had and would send it to
Cody mentioned having an assessment of all the trees on Washington Avenue.
made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to
authorize the Mayor, City Clerk, and Building Official to find $3100.00 in the
budget to have an assessment done on the trees along Washington Avenue from
Highway 90 to Calhoun Street.
Cox had the Deputy Clerk report on the cost of the list of supplies still
needed for the Ryan Youth Center. The
Deputy Clerk reported a cost of approximately $4000.00 to purchase janitorial
and cleaning supplies, ice machine, tables, and chairs. Alderman McDonnell asked to have an itemized
list of these supplies emailed to all of the Alderman to review.
Dalgo discussed the mural at Bowen and Washington on the side of Classy
Compliments needs to be restored. Alderman Dalgo will talk to Chris Stebly and see what it will take to
repair and report back to the Board.
made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to
spend $600.00 from Ward 5 budget for colored lighting at the entrance of the
Walter Anderson Museum of Art building.
Impey thanked the Building Official and McClain’s Tree Service for the work
they did in Parktown Subdivision.
Impey asked if the BP list of jobs has been firmed up and prioritized. The Mayor stated she and the Planning
Director will put a list together and send to all of the Aldermen.
made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to go
into closed session to determine the necessity of going into executive session.
City Clerk returned to the meeting and announced a motion was made by Alderman
Cody, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to remain in executive session
to discuss personnel in the Public Works Department.
made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to come
out of executive session and into regular session.
made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to
appoint James Foster as interim Director of Public Works pending contract negotiations
with Compton Engineering.
was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to recess
until 6:00 p.m. on January 17, 2017.
meeting ended at 7:45 p.m.
Shelly Ferguson /s/
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