City of Ocean Springs

    Minutes - May 16, 2017 - 5:30 p.m. Recess Meeting

    RECESS MEETING OF MAY 16, 2017         

    Be it remembered that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs met in a Recess Meeting at City Hall in the City of Ocean Springs at 5:30 p.m. on May 16, 2017.  Mayor Moran presiding, Aldermen Cox, Cody, Denyer, and Impey were present.  Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson and City Attorney Kevin Melchi.  Aldermen McDonnell, Gill, and Dalgo were absent. 

    The Mayor called the meeting to order.

    Alderman Chic Cody gave the invocation and the Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance.

    PROCLAMATIONS

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to add a proclamation proclaiming May 17, 2017, as DIPG Day in the City of Ocean Springs.

    The Mayor read and presented a proclamation proclaiming May 21–27, 2017, as National Public Works Week 2017 in the City of Ocean Springs, MS to public works staff. (Exhibit 3-a)

    The Mayor read and presented a proclamation proclaiming May 22 – June 4, 2017, as the Click it or Ticket Mobilizationin the City of Ocean Springs, MS to Police Chief and the Planning and Grants Administrator. (Exhibit 3-b)

    The Mayor read and presented a proclamation proclaiming May 17, 2017, as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day in the City of Ocean Springs, MS to Rebecca Harendza Young.

    Alderman John Gill arrived to the meeting at 5:40 p.m.

    OLD BUSINESS

    Motion was made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to select Diana Schmied to replace Ms. Melanie Allen on the Tree Protection Committee. (Exhibit 4-a)

    Alderman Cody asked the Police Chief who was going to provide security and traffic control at the Southern Legislative Convention Family Night Event on Sunday, July 30, 2017.  The Police Chief stated it is his understanding the MS State Highway Patrol would be providing security for the event and the Ocean Springs Police Department would be providing two (2) officers for traffic control.  The Mayor stated there will not be any fireworks at this event but they will have a confetti cannon.  Alderman Impey said he questioned the type of confetti that will be used and he was told it is biodegradable confetti.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to approve the Southern Legislative Convention Family Night Event on Sunday, July 30, 2017 to be held at Fort Maurepas and authorize street closure from Washington Avenue to Jackson Avenue from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. pending general liability insurance documents.  (Item 7-k)

    NEW BUSINESS

    Mr. Scott Lemon from Lemon Mohler Insurance Agency presented information to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for the building insurance renewal.  Mr. Lemon stated that even with the increase in building values there is an 8% reduction in cost.  Mr. Lemon said they quoted cyber liability insurance with Travelers Insurance.  This coverage would protect records from anyone that may hack into our system and obtain access to all of the city’s information. Mr. Lemon said they also quoted terrorism and active assailant coverage which would cover the city for $1 million dollars if there is an active shooter or someone with a hand weapon that destroys public property.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to approve option 1 with cyber liability added to the policy as a part of the building insurance renewal. (Exhibit 5-a)

    Mr. Scott Lemon thanked Mr. Denyer, Mr. McDonnell and Mr. Dalgo for their years of service to the City of Ocean Springs.

    PUBLIC HEARING

    Motion was made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to open the Public Hearing for lot cleaning located at 1112 Turner Drive. (Exhibit 3-a) 

    Proponents for the Lot Cleaning

    The Code Enforcement Officer reported the property issues for lot at 1112 Turner Drive.  The Code Enforcement Officer stated this property has been condemned for over a year now due to no water, sewer, ventilation or electricity.  He also stated that the police have been called out to this location forty five (45) times over the last eighteen (18) months.

    Barry Willard, owner of the property, was not present for the Public Hearing.  

    Opponents of the Lot Cleaning

    There were no opponents present at the lot cleaning. 

    Motion was made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to close the Public Hearing for lot cleaning at 1112 Turner Drive, owned by Barry Willard. 

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to accept the recommendation of the Building Code Official to proceed with the lot cleaning process for property located at 1112 Turner Drive, owned by Barry Willard because the property is deemed to be an unsafe structure, structure is unfit for human occupancy, no water system since May of 2015, and no electrical system as required. (Exhibit 8-a)

    NEW BUSINESS

    Mr. Andre’ Kaufman, 3528 Courtenay Circle, read a prepared statement to the Board. (Exhibit 5-b)

    PUBLIC COMMENT

    None.

    CONSENT AGENDA

    Motion was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.

    DEPARTMENT REPORTS   

    Mayor:

    The Mayor presented information as an update on programs and activities at the Mary C. O’Keefe Arts and Cultural Center. (Exhibit 9-a)

    City Clerk:

    The City Clerk notified the Board that we need to advertise for upcoming office terms on Boards and Commissions.  The City Clerk will email the Mayor and Board of Aldermen a list of openings for any recommendations. (Exhibit 9-b)

    Fire Department:

    The Fire Chief stated they are in the process of receiving smoke detectors from the state to install in homes. 

    ALDERMEN’S FORUM

    Alderman Gill asked for an update on the street light at the corner of King Henry Drive and Princess Anne Drive.  The Mayor stated she had contacted Singing River Electric and they will be sending an electrician to check that location and report back to the Mayor.

    EXECUTIVE SESSION

    Motion was 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.

    Alderman Chic Cody left the meeting. 

    The Deputy City Clerk returned to the meeting and announced the Board decided not to remain in executive session.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to return to regular session. 

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to recess until 6:00 p.m. on June 6, 2017.       

    Meeting ended at 6:33 p.m.


    /s/ Shelly Ferguson                                        /s/ Connie Moran

    City Clerk                                                     Mayor

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