City of Ocean Springs

    Minutes - May 3, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. Recess Meeting

    RECESS MEETING OF MAY 3, 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 6:00 p.m. on May 3 2017.  The Mayor presiding, Aldermen Cox, Gill, Cody, Denyer, and Impey were present.  Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson and City Attorney Kevin Melchi.  Aldermen McDonnell and Dalgo were absent.                      

    The Mayor called the meeting to order.

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

    PROCLAMATION

    The Mayor declared the week of May 14-20, 2017 as National Police Week and May 15, 2017 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and presented it to Police Chief Mark Dunston.  (Exhibit 3-a)

    The Mayor declared Thursday, May 4, 2017 as National Day of Prayer. (Exhibit 3-b)

    The Mayor declared the week of May 7-13, 2017 as Goodwill Industries International Week.

    OLD BUSINESS

    Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to give $1500.00 of budgeted funds from the Miscellaneous Promotions line item to the 1699 Historical Society.

    ADDENDUM

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to add the addendum to the agenda.

    Alderman Cody asked Ms. Mary Simons to come forward to explain the purpose of the Open Doors Homeless Coalition.  Ms. Simons stated The Open Doors Homeless Coalition is not asking the City for funds but they are asking for support.  The Coalition is asking the City to identify space for Living Well to continue to conduct outreach activities, consideration of properties to be approved for housing options, and be an advocate with landlords and community members to consider renting to persons who have experienced homelessness.  Ms. Simons asked for help getting the community involved in donating gently used furniture, housewares, sheets, blankets and towels.  Alderman Gill asked for information for a drop off point or how to deliver these items.  Ms. Simons said Patti Guiber would be the contact for a drop off location and they can give the donor a non-profit receipt. (Exhibit A-1a)

    NEW BUSINESS

    Mr. Chris Eaton appealed the recommendation of the Tree Protection Committee’s decision regarding the removal of a live oak tree on the property located on Lot 5 Seaside @ East Beach.  Mr. Eaton stated he has given $6,000.00 to neighbors on Watersedge Drive for the replanting of trees.

    The Building Official stated Mr. Eaton submitted a blank site plan.  The Building Official asked the Board to allow him to present the new information to the Tree Protection Committee before a final decision be made.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to accept the request to remove the live oak tree located on Lot 5 Seaside @ East Beach pending Tree Protection Committee concurrence. (Exhibit 5-a)

    PUBLIC COMMENT

    None.

    CONSENT AGENDA and ADDENDUM

    Motion was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda with addendum.

    DEPARTMENT REPORTS

    The City Planner gave an update on downtown parking signs.  The City Planner stated the signs have been ordered and he has been working with Public Works on the hardware needed and the mechanics of getting the signs installed. (Exhibit 8-a)

    The Mayor gave a quick update on the trash receptacles.  The Mayor stated MS Prison Industries will be picking up the seventeen (17) receptacles, remove the frames from them, redesign the placards, attach the placards with rivets, touch up the paint, and redeliver them at a cost of $800.00.

    ALDERMAN’S FORUM

    Alderman Denyer requested speed limit signs and reflectors be placed on Pinehills Road. 

    Alderman Cox discussed the issue with Fire Pit #54. Alderman Cox asked if the mapping to determine how far out sand can be placed on the beach in order to repair this fire pit has been received.  He stated the rocks that were placed around the pit are not helping.

    The Interim Public Works Director stated he could review it.

    The Mayor asked about the possibility of closing the pop up valves on the beach.  The Mayor said they are getting broken leaving a jagged edge.  The Interim Public Works Director stated he would review it.

    The Mayor gave an update on the cat colony issues. The Mayor said the coalition has thirty (30) volunteers and they have found a veterinarian in D’Iberville that has agreed to spay and neuter the cats at a very low price.  The Mayor is requesting the animal control officer work with the coalition member by driving the trapped cats to the veterinarian in D’Iberville instead of the Jackson County Animal Shelter. 

    The Mayor congratulated Alderman Gill and Alderman Cody for winning the primary election.  She also thanked the City Clerk and her staff for the hard work they did with the election.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to adopt the Open Doors Homeless Coalition Memorandum of Agreement to partner with this coalition in an effort to help the homeless.

    Alderman Cody discussed the installation of the no parking signs along Simon Blvd. 

    Alderman Cody discussed cars speeding through the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Pine Drive.  Alderman Cody is requesting the Interim Public Works Director to look into putting up more signs or reducing the speed limit in that area for safety reasons.

    Alderman Cody discussed the possibility of forming a 1699 committee to help plan the 1699 Weekend of Discovery Event with the 1699 Historical Society.

    Alderman Gill discussed funds for repairs on the Fort Bayou Boat Ramp.  Alderman Gill stated the $5000.00 was approved in last year’s budget for these repairs but there is a shortage of approximately $1300.00 to complete the project.

    Motion was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to spend up to $1200.00 to complete refurbishing the pier at the Fort Bayou Boat Ramp from 2% funds pending confirmation from Demery Grubbs that the 2% funds can be used for this purpose.

    Alderman Gill requested the Interim Public Works Director to get an update on the permit from the Corp of Engineers for the Fort Bayou Dredging project.

    Alderman Gill requested signage to slow traffic due to children on Farrington Court and Culeoka Drive.

    Alderman Cox requested to have the flag pole lighting fixed at the Senior Citizens Center.

    Alderman Cox gave an update on the mitigation credits for parking at Highway 57 Sports Complex was approved on the docket so the City will be moving forward with this project.

    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 remaining in executive session.

    The City Clerk returned to the meeting and announced a motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to remain in executive session to discuss pending litigation regarding Jackson County Utility Authority. 

    Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to return to regular session. 

    Motion was made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to hire forensic accountant James Koerber in conjuction with other cities not to exceed $25,000.00. 

    Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to recess the meeting until 5:30 p.m. on May 16, 2017. 

    Meeting ended at 7:28 p.m.

     

    /s/ Shelly Ferguson                                        /s/ Connie Moran

    City Clerk                                                      Mayor

    5/17/2017                                                     5/17/2017                                                   

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