REGULAR MEETING OF MARCH
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 March 6, 2018. The Mayor presiding,
Aldermen Cox, Gill, Authement, Bellman, 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.
made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously carried
to add the addendum to the agenda.
Chuck Branch presented information on NextSite, a retail consulting firm, who
has partnered with Mississippi Power to come in and work with communities
throughout the Mississippi Power service area. Mississippi Power is partnering with NextSite and is subsidizing the
cost of NextSite’s work with communities. Mr. Branch said they are big believers of redevelopment as much as they
are in new construction. The data and
things they do from an analysis standpoint supports our existing businesses as
much as identifying new business entrepreneurs to help facilitate that
development within Ocean Springs. NextSite’s process is to do research and market analysis to understand
what makes our City unique, to understand the demographic characteristics, to
understand consumer behaviors and attitudes, and consumer travel patterns to
different shopping centers. After that
they identify realistic targets to make sure the targets they are approaching
match the demographics. NextSite then becomes
an extension of your economic development efforts through marketing and
recruiting by proactively reaching out to developers and tenant representatives
who drive the decision making process. Then finally it is all about the results to effect positive change in
our community while giving the City a return on their investment. (Exhibit 3-a)
of Parks & Recreation talked about a project to replace lights and light
poles at the Alice Street ballfields. The Director of Parks & Recreation gave the Board a proposal from Mississippi
Power with two (2) options and stated she is requesting to proceed with Option
#2 at a monthly cost of $1,160.00, a seven (7) year minimum term required and
includes complete maintenance of fixtures, poles, wiring, and cross arms.
Motion made by
Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to move
forward with Option #2 of Mississippi Power’s proposal to replace the light
poles and lights at the Alice Street ballfields. (Exhibit 8-c)
Compton Engineering, gave the Board an overview of the low interest State
Revolving Loan Fund Program for Water and Wastewater. Mr. Duggan said these loans provide for water
and wastewater system improvements for eligible infrastructure projects. Compton Engineering has been working on
identifying the City’s defective, outdated, and undersized water and wastewater
system lines underground throughout the City of Ocean Springs.
said the strongest areas for rehabilitation or replacement are mainly located
in the downtown area, Fort Bayou area, with a few smaller areas scattered
throughout the City.
asked before you determine there is infiltration in the lines, can the lines be
smoked before just saying it has a leak. Mr. Duggan stated you can go in and smoke the line to determine if there
is a leak but it will be a significant effort to do so. He said in general they look at it with a
global perspective of the City of Ocean Springs and determine based on the
usage rates of water versus wastewater.
Papania said the Board needs to schedule a work session and discuss the plan
the City may want to go with and determine whether or not the City can afford
to move forward with this project.
stated he agrees with the work session but he also feels this needs to be
expedited and planned out.
The Mayor will
set up a work session to discuss the water and wastewater facilities plan and
how the City may want to proceed. (Exhibit 3-b)
Mayor read a Proclamation declaring the month of March, 2018 as American Red Cross Month (Exhibit 4-a).
Mark Isaacs, a resident from Bay St. Louis, came before the Board to discuss
the state flag and figure out how to move forward together for all of us. Mr. Isaacs asked the Board to submit a
resolution to call upon the legislature in Jackson to accept a new flag for all
so that it can be flown here and bind this divided community. Mr. Isaacs is happy to meet with the Board
and other stakeholders to assist in drawing up a resolution and find a way
Impey notified Mr. Isaacs that this Board has already sent a resolution to the
legislature requesting for a vote for a new flag.
Isaacs said there is an important nuance of a difference in that the current
resolution is about giving the voters a choice between the current flag and a
potential new flag. Mr. Isaacs said the
call needs to be for a new flag for all. This is the specific change he is looking for. (Exhibit 5-a)
Ronald Obranovich, 210 Sandy Drive, came before the Board to discuss a couple
of safety issues occurring on Groveland Road. Mr. Obranovich thanked the Police Chief and Deputy Police Chief for
their support and the presence of officers stopping speeders in the area. Mr. Obranovich said he has a couple of issues
he would like to point out. The first
issue is on the east side of Groveland where there is a partial sidewalk. He said the traffic coming off north Ocean
Springs Drive is going so fast that by the time they get to Clear Springs
development they are going approximately 45 – 50 mph. His concern is the entrance to the trailer
park is also a morning and afternoon school bus stop. The second issue is the sidewalk on the west
side of Groveland Road that is used for walking, jogging, walking dogs, and
additional activities. Mr. Obranovich
said the purpose he is here for today is to request adding stop signs to slow
speeders down. He would recommend
putting stop signs on the west and east side of both entrances to Clear
Blackman requested the police department to review the data from the traffic
study to determine if any stop signs are needed. (Exhibit 6-a)
Knight, Vice President of Government and Economic Development for C Spire, and
Ashley Phillips, General Manager of Home Services for C Spire, discussed bringing
ten (10) times faster internet speeds through a 1 (one) gigabyte fiber
connection to the homes in Ocean Springs. Mr. Knight encourages the Board to not think of this product as a cable
product, DSL product or a satellite product but about bringing technology to
the City of Ocean Springs to help transform it. Mr. Phillips stated home values rise fiber option availability. This technology is great for economic
development and education.
Impey asked what the deployment time would be for a city the size of Ocean
Springs. Mr. Phillips said they will be
deploying fiber in the area for other purposes for cell towers and other
government complexes at the end of 2018 or early 2019 and then they would
branch off of that network from there. He said for a city this size it would take approximately 6 months to a
year to build out. They follow the
demand and prioritize by going to those areas first.
Mayor stated he and the Board will look over the documents from C Spire and the
City Attorney will also review them. (Exhibit 6-b)
Lemon, Lemon Mohler Insurance, discussed the property insurance renewal that is
up for renewal at the end of May 2018. Mr. Lemon said the City is looking at a 10% increase. Mr. Lemon also said he plans to come back to
the Board on a monthly basis to give updates and options. (Exhibit 6-c)
Authement said he has received some complaints from residents on General
Pershing about cars speeding down their road. Alderman Authement stated the current speed limit is 30mph. He would like to request a traffic study to
see if the speed limit needs to be decreased to 25mph.
made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Gill to have a traffic study
done on General Pershing to determine if the speed limit needs to be decreased
from 30mph to 25mph. Motion passes with
Aldermen Gill, Authement, Bellman, Cox, Papania, and Impey voting aye. Alderman Blackman voting nay. (Exhibit 6-d)
made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to
approve the consent agenda and addendum except for item (h) pulled by Alderman
Cox pulled item (h) because he asked the Police Chief to reach out to Chief
Galloway with the Ocean Springs School District to see if the school could use
any of the four (4) vehicles before we send them to auction.
made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to
approve to declare the four (4) vehicles as surplus and wait to send to auction
until Chief Galloway has the opportunity to look at the vehicles to determine
if the school district has a need for any of the vehicles. (Exhibit 7-h)
made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried
to approve the docket of claims. (Exhibit 8-a)
Planning and Grants Administrator gave an update on the Living Shoreline
Project. The Planning and Grants
Administrator met with consultants, Allen Engineering, and they are shifting
their focus to the west end of the beach. She said there are at least four (4) places along the beach that needs
attention. She said they are calculating
some benefits to one (1) of three (3) locations starting at the Fayard property
down to the Yacht Club. She stated there
is some erosion due to a combination of factors such as runoff, tidal erosion,
and other things as well as the condition of the outfall. They are evaluating these areas based on
impact to make sure we can get a good cost benefit and permitting issues
because some locations may require more permitting than others. The Planning and Grants Administrator stated
she expects to have an evaluation on that in the next few weeks so she should
be able to come back to the Board with a proposal and a solid budget to know
how to move forward.
Cox said after the meeting with the county he understood we were going to
concentrate on working on the same spot and taking care of the same spot to see
if the combination of two (2) would take care of the problem and wonders why we
are not going to stick with what was agreed upon. The Planning and Grants Administrator said scientifically
we can’t evaluate what we are doing if their methodology is in the same area
because it creates too many variables. The
County is taking a different approach as far as more hardscape. The Planning and Grants Administrator stated
they are doing this as a pilot project to see if it works and try to isolate
those variables so if they were to do it in conjunction with another project
wouldn’t be able to study it properly. Alderman Cox said the County is proposing to upsize the outfalls so he
asked what Allen Engineering is proposing as far as the outfalls. The Planning and Grants Administrator stated
the outfalls will definitely be addressed but she could not say if the outfalls
would be upsized or not.
Papania asked about the possibility to get a grant to repair the seawall and
road surface on East Beach. He also
asked the Planning and Grants Administrator to look into a grant for a
sidewalk. The Planning and Grants
Administrator stated it is time to submit for TIP (Transportation Improvement
Plan) which are due by the end of May. She is looking at developing a proposal to enhance the shoulder to the
ditch without having to pipe the ditch but still have a good surface.
Bill Moore, 257 Holcomb Blvd., wanted to remind everyone that Disability
looking for volunteers to help install equipment at Little Children’s Park on
Friday, March 9, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Planning and Grants Administrator stated
this install has been postponed due to the playground equipment company
requiring an installer from their company on site.
Gill asked the Board to do a traffic study to lower the speed limit on Ocean
Springs Road from Reilly Road to Highway 90. He would like to reduce the speed limit from 45 mph to 40 mph for the
safety of families exiting their subdivisions. Alderman Gill will talk to Supervisor Randy Bosarge at the County and
let him know what the City is planning and see if they are interested in continuing
this study for a mile or two.
made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to have
the police department do a traffic study on Ocean Springs Road to determine
whether or not to decrease the speed limit from 45 mph to 40 mph.
Deputy Police Chief pointed out that there are three (3) requests to have
traffic studies done so this will take time to gather information. He said in order to get good information they
will need to have their unit in the area for a week.
Gill said the scope of work for the dog park is in and asked if any of the Aldermen
have any changes, questions, or comments they want to make because he would
like to move forward with this project.
made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Papania and unanimously carried to
send the scope of work to local engineering firms for RFQ’s to do some of the
design work. Alderman Gill wants a
layout for foundations, area for playground equipment, a double fence, a dog
fountain, a water fountain, grading the property, foundation for a pavilion,
and a cost estimate.
Gill discussed the City’s property at the southwest corner of Culeoka and
Iroquois. Alderman Gill said vehicles
are cutting this corner and the vehicles are going into his yard. The homeowner would like to put a retaining
wall in this area to minimize vehicles from going into his yard. The Building Official would prefer the City
put some visible markers with reflectors as a precautionary measure.
Blackman asked what the liability would be if the City puts some reflective
posts up on this corner. The City
Attorney said the City is able to place any traffic control device the City
would like to put up but we have to have approval by the Board for the safety
of people or property.
by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Bellman and unanimously carried to place
reflective barriers on the corner of Culeoka and Iroquois pending City Attorney
Authement said he met with Jackson County and Joe O’Neal this week and they are
ready to move forward with the erosion control improvements on the beach. The county wants to approve to go out for bid
on this project at their next meeting.
Blackman asked for an update on the Government Street Sidewalk Project. The Planning and Grants Administrator said
the project should resume in April. There are two (2) issues that need to be resolved. The first issue is the submittal for the
curve and a conflict with the utility poles but they are working on a redesign
with MDOT. The second issue is the
railing next to the driveways. The
Planning and Grants Administrator said they are working with the contractor and
waiting on a quote to modify the driveways.
Planning and Grants Administrator said the Porter Avenue Infrastructure Project
is at a stopping point. The Planning and
Grants Administrator said a CenterPoint gas line was found that was not in the
right location. The gas line has to be
moved in order for the project to continue. She said the last update she got from CenterPoint was it would be five
(5) weeks before they could start working to move the gas line. The contractor will continue to maintain the
sight but there will not be any work being done.
Blackman asked the Mayor to contact WastePro to address all of the issues the
City is having. Alderman Blackman said
he knows of (2) two trucks leaking hydraulic fluid in the last week. One leak was in Ward 1 which looks like it
went for miles. The other was in Ward 5
but was mild compared to the leak on the roads in Ward 1 because the vehicle
completely broke down in Ward 5. Alderman Blackman said the cleanup process was not ideal and it is still
not completely cleaned up. He said he
has received multiple calls about WastePro missing days, skipping days, houses
being skipped, and recycling not being picked up. Alderman Blackman said equipment failure is
not an acceptable excuse for not picking up trash.
Mayor let the Board know that City Hall and the Water Department has internally
created a spreadsheet of complaints so we can keep better track the complaints.
Impey discussed safety on Ocean Springs Road. Alderman Impey said MDOT has frozen a lot of their projects that were
previously funded. He thinks we need to
speak to someone at the County while it is still in the preliminary design
phase because he would like to see the triangular piece of property at the west
end of Old CCC Camp Road changed to a 90 degree angle. Alderman Impey said it is a very bad area and
needs to be addressed.
Impey publically sends his condolences to the family of Coach Jack Hughes.
Gill stated the City does not have anyone in Jackson fighting for us to
reinstate the funding going to be provided for repairs to Ocean Springs Road
and Highway 90. Alderman Gill requested
the Mayor write a formal letter to our local legislators asking them to acquire
or look for funding for Highway 90 and Ocean Springs Road.
Cox said he has received several calls about the lighting around Gulf Coast
Grill at the entrance of Lakeview. Alderman Cox said the median to the entrance of Lakeview Subdivision is
very dark. He asked Alderman Impey if
Lakeview Subdivision has an active homeowners association the City could talk
to or if the City could take out the shrubbery and trees. Alderman Impey stated Lakeview does not have
an active homeowners association. Alderman Cox said the trees and shrubbery may be blocking the light but
it needs to be looked at and addressed. Alderman Impey, Alderman Cox, the Mayor and the Public Works Director
will go out to this area and look at it to see what can be done.
was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to
go into closed session to determine the necessity of going into executive
City Clerk returned to the meeting and announced a motion was made by Alderman Impey,
seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to remain in executive
session to discuss litigation regarding JCUA, potential litigation regarding opioids,
and litigation regarding The Sands at Front Beach Project.
was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously
carried to return to regular session.
was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously
carried to recess the meeting until 6:00 p.m. on March 20, 2018.
ended at 9:27 p.m.
Shelly Ferguson /s/
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