MEETING OF NOVEMBER 15, 2016
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 November 15, 2016. Mayor Moran
presiding, Aldermen Cox, Gill, McDonnell, Cody, Denyer, Dalgo and Impey were
present. Also present was City Clerk
Shelly Ferguson and City Attorney Kevin Melchi.
Mayor called the meeting to order.
Mike Barnett gave the invocation and the Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance.
was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously
carried to allow the Dogwood Garden Club the use of the Ocean Springs Community
Center to host the 2017 Spring Pilgrimage on April 10, 2017. The rental fee is to be waived. The set up and clean up fee are to be paid.
Adam Jackson with Burk-Kleinpeter located at 2113-B Government Street presented
information on the Jackson County Ocean Springs Road study and request the use
of the Ocean Springs Civic Center to host a public meeting. He formerly invited the Mayor and Board of
Aldermen to attend an Open House Meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016, from
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Ocean Springs Civic Center. The meeting will be a public input meeting
and not a formal presentation. The
purpose of the meeting is to give the residents an opportunity to review the
roadway concept along Ocean Springs Road and give their input. The main reason for the feasibility study is
to determine how to make the road safer and have a walking path for
pedestrians. Alderman Gill recommends
turning bays into the neighborhoods and a turn lane in the median so traffic can
get out of the way and not stop the flow of traffic. Alderman Impey addressed his concerns about
the drainage on the road.
Fulton, County Administrator, stated this is a study to identify these issues.
made by Alderman McDonnell, and seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried
to waive the fees for the use of the Ocean Springs Civic Center on November 17,
2016 for the Jackson County Ocean Springs Road study public input meeting.
OLD BUSINESS and Amendment
was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Dalgo and unanimously carried to
amend the Agenda to add a discussion item regarding the trash receptacles for
the Downtown Arts and Entertainment District.
Mayor presented information on the trash receptacles. The Mayor stated the city is required by
statue to post a notice when the people are leaving the Arts and Entertainment
District to dispose of their "to go cup”. The Mayor is suggesting to place a placard on the trash receptacle to
notify the people. The Mayor is asking
the board to consider purchasing (17) trash receptacles with placards and (3)
additional signs from Keystone Ridge in the amount of $14,072.00 as quoted.
McDonnell asked if the city requested quotes from the Mississippi Prison
Industries. Ms. Hilton stated that the
unit price was $340.00.
Cody asked if they were powder coated. Ms. Hilton would need to verify.
was discussion on the quality of the product from the two vendors.
made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Gill to split the purchase of the
trash receptacles from each vendor. Motion failed with the following votes:
Alderman Impey Nay
Alderman Dalgo Nay
Alderman Denyer Nay
Alderman Cox Nay
Alderman Cody Aye
Alderman McDonnell Nay
Alderman Gill Aye
made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried
to order (17) trash receptacles with or without the door, whichever is
preferred by Public Works, from Mississippi Prison Industries.
White, 3629 Perryman Road expressed her concerns about the residential
sprinkler issue. Mrs. White is
requesting permit approval without the sprinkler requirement for the White
Family Lot 9. Ms. White stated this is
an issue because of the lack of reputable suppliers, cost, maintenance and the
cost of accidental destruction.
was discussion with Building Official Hilliard Fountain regarding the 2006 IBC
Code regarding sprinkler systems in residential structures above a certain
Dalgo stated he was in favor of doing away with the ordinance.
Denyer stated his concerns of water flow and pressure on Lover’s Lane. He also
spoke to two insurance companies regarding sprinkler systems and how that
affects the homeowners insurance.
Mayor stated her objections to the interpretation of the ordinance.
Building Official and Fire Chief spoke of their concerns and recommendations of
leaving the sprinkler ordinance in place.
Chief Ponson stated he wanted to be on record opposing any change to the
ordinance. Chief Ponson gave an example
of a fire with fatalities in a three story home that occurred in the past that
he believes if they had a sprinkler system the occupants would not have
Thurber, 2116 Whitney Oaks, lost her home on Lover’s Lane in Hurricane Katrina
and are wanting to build back. The
sprinkler system requirement is causing a hardship to build back. They would need a pump, source of fuel for
genitor, and inadequate water pressure. She asked the Board to reconsider the
Malone, 3230 Cumberland Rd. #82, has moved here recently and finds the old
concrete appealing to the city. She would like the old style concrete to be
used in replacing concrete.
Cowart, Architect, requested the sprinkler ordinance needs to be changed.
Mayor requested the Planning Director, Building Official and City Planner to
look at other ordinances and other cities.
Eason, 707 Russell Ave., The Barricade Program has donated 77 barricades to the
City. She is requesting permission to
add advertising signage to both sides of the barricade.
White, 3629 Perryman Rd., stated his concerns regarding the sprinkler system
made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to
approve the Consent Agenda with the exception of (Items 6-k) pulled by Alderman
McDonnell and (Item 6-s) pulled by Alderman Cox.
Demery Grubbs, Financial Consultant, and Troy Johnston, attorney with Butler
& Snow arrived at meeting. Mr.
Grubbs gave two options of the bond issuance savings. Option 1 is a savings of
$539,110.98. Option 2 is a savings of
$504,236.73. He is recommending Option 1
and locking in a Term Sheet with a set interest rate of 2.75% pending placement
of the bond.
made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried
to approve Option 1 as presented.
made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to
accept the Term Sheet and authorize the Mayor to sign it.
made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to
change the name from Big Yella, LLC to Cloyd Properties on the application
(Item 6-k) for a Post-Construction Tax Exemption located at 702 Porter Avenue.
Cox pulled (Item 6-s) advertisement for bids on the Shade Structures and
Driving Lanes on Turf Parking at the Highway 57 Sports Complex. Alderman Cox stated he was not willing to
vote on something that he has not seen the plans for. The item was tabled until plans have been
presented to the Board.
Moran thanked everyone who helped with the Monarch Butterfly Event.
Foster, City Engineer, updated the Board on the water tank repairs. It will be completed before the February
inspection. He has a change order for time only on a CIPP project.
by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to approve
change order for time only on the CIPP 592 project.
Foster stated they had approximately $48,000 in the budget for additional slip
by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to
approve up to $48,000 in additional slip lining.
by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to
authorize Heather Eason to retrofit barricades that have already been donated
to the city to add additional signage on the barricades subject to review by
Cody asked Janice Hilton, Deputy City Clerk, if the city has received a special
event permit from HOSA and request the Chamber of Commerce’s assistance
regarding the Christmas Tree Lighting. Ms. Hilton has not and Alderman Cody requested she and the Mayor follow
Cody stated that rumble strips were put down today at Government Street near
the YMCA, MCOK, Halstead, and Robinson.
Cody stated the Mardi Gras Night Parade is Feb. 24, 2017. A special event permit will be submitted
Mayor asked if the City Electrician had put the sample lights on Washington Ave
yet. The Building Official replied that
is planned for later in the week.
Cox stated that there was a great turn out for the Police Recognition Event
that was held at the Civic Center.
Cox stated that the first basketball practice will begin on Nov. 28, 2016 at
the Ryan Youth Center. The ribbon
cutting will be held that day at 5:00 p.m.
Denyer requested that Assistant Public Works Director Candice Hooks tell
Michael Smith and his grass cutting crew are a great, hard-working crew and how
much he appreciates them.
Denyer told Shelly Ferguson, City Clerk, that he had received two calls
complimenting help they received in the Water Dept. and please let her staff
by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to
authorize up to 2 barricades to use for leaving the Arts and Entertainment
District signage out of Ward 4 capital improvement funds.
by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Denyer to suspend ordinance regarding
the sprinklers, and before the next meeting have the Building Official
determine if anyone has complied with that ordinance, and anyone who has
incorporated it in their plans that they would not have otherwise have
installed sprinklers, and confer with the City Attorney. Alderman Dalgo
rescinded his motion and Alderman Denyer rescinded his second.
City Attorney requested time to review the sprinkler ordinance before any
action is taken.
Mayor left the meeting at 8:05 p.m. Mayor Pro Tem Impey assumes
control of the meeting.
by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to table
sprinkler enforcement for constituents concerns until the City Attorney has an
opportunity to review the Sprinkler ordinance, have the attorney check the
rating, tax abatement opportunities, and adequate water.
by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously approved to go
in to closed session to determine the necessity of remaining in executive
by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to remain in
executive session regarding contractual issues regarding IT and update on JCUA
by McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to hire AGJ
Systems for 200 hours of professional services regarding IT issues.
by McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to come out of
closed session and return to regular session.
was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously
carried to adjourn the recess meeting.
ended at 9:00 p.m.
Ferguson /s/ Connie Moran
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