City of Ocean Springs

    Minutes - October 17, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. Recess Meeting

    RECESS MEETING OF OCTOBER 17, 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 October 17, 2017.  Mayor Dobson presiding, Aldermen Cox, Authement, Bellman, Papania, and Blackman were present.  Also present was Deputy City Clerk Janice Hilton and City Attorney Kevin Melchi.  Aldermen Gill and Impey were absent.     

    The Mayor called the meeting to order.

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

    NEW BUSINESS

    Melanie Allen with PAPOS came before the Board and talked about the $150,000.00 of artwork that Public Art Project of Ocean Springs has gifted to the City since 2007.  Tonight PAPOS is gifting (3) three sculptures worth $12,000.00 by artist William Ludwig. Ms. Allen invited everyone to come to the dedication on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. at the train depot parking lot then a reception will follow at the Mary C. O’Keefe Arts and Cultural Building. (Exhibit 4-a)  

    The Mayor reminded everyone that the Blue Moon pairing event is going on tonight at the Walter Anderson Museum from 5:30 – 7:30 pm and invited everyone to attend that event.

    The Mayor bragged about the new microphone system that Aldermen Blackman and Authement installed and hopes the sound is a lot better for everyone in the audience and on the live feed.

    Bonnie Munro, Career Placement Specialist for the WIOA Grant at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, came before the Board to explain how the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant works and to ask the City of Ocean Springs to assist with the WIOA Out-of-School Youth Program in any capacity.  Ms. Munro stated the grant is not currently in Jackson County but it is her goal to have Jackson County included on the grant.  Ms. Munro explained the qualifications to be accepted into the program. She also explained that the employer does not pay wages the grant pays the wages.  All that is asked of the employer it to mentor the students.

    Alderman Cox suggest Ms. Munro get with the Mayor to get this program in place.  The Mayor stated he has already done this and is interested in getting someone to come in to assist the Mayor and the Executive Assistant to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

    Motion made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously carried to have the Mayor sign the contract for the WIOA Program. (Exhibit 5-b)

    PUBLIC COMMENTS

    Mr. Kevin Ladd thanked the city staff for all of their hard work during the Ocean Springs Seafood and Music Festival.  Mr. Ladd said it was a great event and appreciated all the help.

    Dr. Joel Knight, 200 Dewey Avenue, came before the Board regarding the lot split of the property located at 1016 LaFontaine. Dr. Knight said the information that was presented to and approved by the Planning Commission has changed because it was not in conformance with City zoning and ordinance.  Dr. Knight is requesting the Board table this issue tonight for to allow for further review of this issue in detail or have them go back before the Planning Commission for approval of the changes they have made.

    Ms. Sylvia Bosco, 509 Front Beach, came before the Board about the approval of the reconfiguration of the lot located at 1016 LaFontaine to allow for the lot split.  Ms. Bosco said the property runs east and west but if the lot is split they would have to build north and south.  She is concerned about the flood zone and is requesting the City to not allow them to bring in fill dirt to fill in the flood zone.

    Resident residing at 120 Dewey Avenue came before the Board to voice his opinion about the 1016 LaFontaine lot split.  He was told they would not use Dewey Avenue as part of this project and he wants to make sure Dewey does not come into play with this project.  He has been taking care of Dewey since 1993.  He was not aware the plans had changed so he would like to see this tabled as well so it can be reviewed further.

    Walter Harrison, 114 Reynolds Circle, came before to support removing and changing our state flag.  Mr. Harrison stated the state and city needs to design a flag all Mississippians can be proud of.

    CONSENT AGENDA 

    Motion was made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to approve the Consent Agenda with the exception of Item (6-r) pulled by Alderman Authement.

    Motion made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to table the lot split at the property located at 1016 LaFontaine until the next board meeting so it can be reviewed further.

    DEPARTMENT REPORTS

    Community Development & Planning: 

    Motion made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to adopt an Ordinance 2017-15 Extending a Tax Exemption Program for the Central Business District of the City of Ocean Springs. (Exhibit 7-a)

                       Alderman Gill                   Absent

                       Alderman Authement         Aye

                       Alderman Bellman             Aye

                       Alderman Cox                   Aye

                       Alderman Papania             Aye

                       Alderman Blackman           Aye

                       Alderman Impey               Absent

    The Planning & Grants Administrator along with Kimberly Miller from Allen Engineering presented updated information on the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) grant project activity.

    ALDERMEN’S FORUM

    Alderman Authement talked about the Trick or Treat Down the Street event being held in downtown Ocean Springs on October 31, 2017. Alderman Authement stated HOSA and the Chamber of Commerce is giving (20) twenty businesses their first bag of candy to promote participation from all the businesses in the downtown area.

    Motion made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to allow WAMA the use of picnic tables and chairs on October 28, 2017 for the WAMA JAMA Halloween Block Party and Pig Roast.

    Alderman Bellman stated Alderman Cox obtained a quote of $400.00 for an appraisal on the property located on Davidson Road. Alderman Bellman is asking to move forward.

    Motion made by Alderman Bellman, seconded by Alderman Papania to move forward with having the property on Davidson Road appraised at a cost of $400.00.  Aldermen Authement, Bellman, Cox, and Papania voting aye and Alderman Blackman voting nay. Motion passes.

    Alderman Cox asked for an update on Hurricane Nate cleanup.  The Interim Public Works Director stated all the streets are cleared for traffic, the beaches and places heavily damaged with debris have been picked up.  Public Works currently has three crews out working in different areas of the City picking up debris so progress is being made in all wards.  The Interim Public Works Director stated FEMA will be in the City of Ocean Springs tomorrow to begin their evaluation.

    Alderman Cox asked about the pump stations.  The Interim Public Works Director said all but (1) one is up and running.  The one that is not running is on bypass.  The Interim Public Works Director said the control panels at (7) seven stations will need to be replaced.

    Alderman Cox asked about videoing the sewer lines. The Interim Public Works Director said some lines on Cumberland, Iberville, and other low lying areas need to be done.  He said sand does get in the sewer lines after a storm so they do need to be repaired, videoed, and cleaned but the City will have to find a funding source to get this done.

    Alderman Cox stated all of the lights on Shearwater Bridge were replaced and working but now all (6) six lights are out again. The Building Official said the city electrician has been working on the sewer lift stations to get them up and running but he will make him aware of it.

    Alderman Papania thanked Public Works for the excellent job they did removing the berm on the north side of East Beach.

    Motion was made by Alderman Papania to make Allen Ladnier as the permanent Assistant Public Works Director of Field Operations. The Human Resource Director explained that the job description needs to be created, create salary range, go before the HR Committee, it needs to be budgeted through the Finance Committee, post it in-house, take applications, do interviews, and then select the best candidate for the position.  Alderman Papania withdraws his motion.  Alderman Papania made the request that Human Resource expedite this and have ready to move forward within (30) thirty days.

    Alderman Papania said during Hurricane Nate the entrance sign to Watersedge Drive was hit by a tree.  The sign and lights that are there were damaged.  Alderman Papania is requesting to use his alderman’s fund to make these repairs.

    Motion was made by Alderman Papania, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to allow Alderman Papania to use his alderman’s funds to repair the entrance sign to Watersedge Drive and purchase (2) two lights to replace the two that were damaged during Hurricane Nate after going through the proper procedures of obtaining quotes and getting purchase orders. Alderman Papania would add to request the City Electrician install the lights if he is available to do so.              

    Alderman Blackman said there are some littering issues on Pabst Road.  Alderman Blackman asked the Police Chief to look into that and requested Public Works put some no littering signs close to the west end of Pabst Road and one close to the bridge.

    EXECUTIVE SESSION

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to go into closed session to determine the necessity of remaining in executive session.

    The Deputy City Clerk returned to the meeting and announced that motion was made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to remain in executive session to discuss personnel in the Facilities Department, potential litigation regarding annexation, and personnel in Public Works.

    Motion made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to adopt a Resolution of the City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi to make the position of Assistant Public Works Director a "Non-Competitive Class” Civil Service position.

    Motion was made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to come out of executive session and return to regular session.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting until 6:00 p.m. on November 7, 2017.

    The meeting ended at 8:15 p.m.

     

    /s/ Shelly Ferguson                              /s/ Shea Dobson

    City Clerk                                               Mayor

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