SPECIAL CALL MEETING
MAY 24, 2019
Be it remembered that the Mayor and
Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs met in a Special Call meeting at
the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 3820 Bienville Boulevard in the City
of Ocean Springs at 5:30 p.m. on May 24, 2019. The Mayor presiding, Aldermen Cox, Gill, Authement, Bellman, and Impey
were present. Also present were City
Clerk Patty Gaston and City Attorney Kevin Melchi. Alderman Papania joined the
meeting at 5:40 p.m. Alderman Blackman
Let the minutes reflect that proper
notice of the meeting was provided to all Aldermen via email and that the
notice was posted at City Hall and online within one hour of the meeting being
The Mayor called the meeting to order.
The Special Call Meeting is for the
purpose of any and all matters pertaining to discussion to hire a Building
Official; approve Certificate of Appropriateness for Construction of Dwelling –
1111 Iberville Drive, Parcel ID: 60119162.000 (Exhibit b); and discussion of
Public Works equipment.
Alderman Authement recused himself for
item b. Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Gill and
unanimously carried to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness for
Construction of Dwelling at 1111 Iberville Drive, Parcel ID: 60119162.000
The City Clerk explained the options
for the purchase of needed Public Works equipment. She said there is currently
no loan capacity to purchase a boom truck or street sweeper. A new boom truck
would be approximately $150,000 or refurbished approximately $85,000 and up.
She explained funding options for purchase including FEMA reimbursement for
prior storms but it could take 1.5 to 2 years before reimbursements are
received. She suggested that the funds could be removed from water/sewer funds
and then reimbursed once FEMA funds are received. She said the street sweeper
would have to wait until some loans are paid off. There are loans that are
expiring in 2020 but could be paid October 2019, which would open up enough
loan capacity to purchase a street sweeper.
Alderman Authement said that with that
big of a purchase he would suggest buying new rather than refurbished
equipment. The City Attorney said that the purchase of the equipment would have
to go through the process of reverse auction and there are new purchasing laws.
There was also discussion of Public Works picking up trash piles and possibly
charging if over a specific amount. Alderman Gill said that residents need to
be notified again that Public Works is only responsible for picking up yard
was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously
carried to move forward with the purchase of a boom truck with the funds to be
removed from water/sewer to be reimbursed with FEMA funds.
The Human Resources Director said that
the background and reference checks for James Leahy have been completed. Motion
was made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to
extend an offer of employment to James Leahy for the Building Official position
with salary of $54,496 per year.
Motion was made by Alderman Impey,
seconded by Alderman Bellman and unanimously carried to adjourn the Special
The meeting ended at 6:00 p.m.
Gaston _________ __/s/Shea Dobson_________
City Clerk Mayor
18, 2019___________ __June 18, 2019__________