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    City of Ocean Springs

    Minutes - March 9, 2018 - 4:30 p.m. Special Call Meeting


    Be it remembered that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs met in a Special Call meeting at City Hall in the City of Ocean Springs at 4:30 p.m. on March 9, 2018.  The Mayor presiding, Aldermen Cox, Authement, Bellman, Papania, Blackman, and Impey were present.  Also present was Deputy City Clerk Janice Hilton and City Attorney Kevin Melchi.  Alderman Gill was absent.

    The purpose of the Special Call Meeting is to discuss any and all matters pertaining to planning for downtown crowds on St. Patrick’s Day and a hazardous tree on Pittman Road.

    The Mayor asked the Building Official about the hazardous tree on Pittman Road.  The Building Official said he received a call from Public Works who spoke to some neighbors which had concerns about this dead water oak tree.  The trunk is on private property but it extends out over the City’s right-of-way.  The Building Official said the most severe part of the tree is at the mid-point where it bends.  The Building Official stated if we go ahead and trim the top portion out of the right-of-way we are leaving a completely dead portion of the tree extending above it. The Building Official is concerned about leaving the dead portion of the tree with the rain coming in.  The Building Official recommends the City remove the dead water oak tree and let the homeowners be responsible for the removal of the stump.  The homeowner is willing to give the City a right-of-entry to cut the tree down.

    Motion made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to move forward with the removal of the hazardous, dead, water oak tree on Pittman Road as shown by the Building Official in photographs contingent upon securing the right-of-entry from the homeowner.

    The Mayor said he has received some requests to close Government Street from Washington Avenue to Russell Avenue to include the following streets Bellande, Kotzum, and Cash Alley on St. Patrick’s Day. 

    Motion made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to close Government Street from Washington Avenue to Russell Avenue from 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. for St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 17, 2018.  

    Motion made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting.

    The meeting ended at 4:38 p.m.


    /s/ Shelly Ferguson                                        /s/ Shea Dobson               

    City Clerk                                                     Mayor

    3/21/2018                                                    3/21/2018

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