SPECIAL CALL MEETING OCTOBER
Be it remembered that the Mayor and
Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs met in a Special Call meeting at
City Hall in the City of Ocean Springs at 6:00 p.m. on October 22, 2019. The Mayor presiding, Aldermen Gill,
Authement, Bellman, Cox, Papania, Blackman and Impey were present. Also present
were Deputy City Clerk Vicky Hupe and City Attorney Kevin Melchi.
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 authorize employment of Fire
personnel (Exhibit a); approve an agreement with Mississippi Power; discussion
of modification to Jazzy Johnz contract to include a 7-unit portable restroom
for the Peter Anderson Festival; discussion of The Foundation Group proposal; discussion
of possible Cain appeal; and discussion of Sands litigation.
was made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Cox and
unanimously carried to authorize employment of Fire personnel (Conner Havard,
Nicholas Powell, Robert Gaskin and Jacob Mullins), one year probation, pending
successful completion of all pre-employment requirements (Exhibit a).
Alderman Cox said the cost estimate
from Mississippi Power is $1,820.00 to cap the three light pedestals on
Government Street that were struck by a vehicle which need to be capped so that
wires are not exposed with the pedestals left in place so that new lights can
be added at a later time. The cost estimate from Mississippi Power for the caps
is $1,820.00. Alderman Blackman asked if
the City Electrician could add the caps for a cost savings. Alderman Papania
asked if it was Mississippi Power’s distribution and all the City owns is the
pedestal. The Public Works Assistant Director replied yes. Alderman Papania
said that Mississippi Power should complete the repair at no cost to the City
and directed the Mayor to contact the representative for the power company with
the request. The Mayor said he would set a meeting on Friday to iron out the
The Executive Assistant to the Mayor
& Board said that during Cruisin’ the Coast, Jazzy John’s upgraded one portable
restroom comfort station from a four person to a seven person. She said that to
upgrade it for the Peter Anderson Festival, it would cost up to $400.00,
possibly $200.00. Aldermen Bellman and Authement said the comfort stations at
Cruisin’ the Coast were very nice. Alderman Cox said that the Mary C. O’Keefe
would like a bathroom attendant for the festival and that would cost $120.00
from the City splitting the cost with the Chamber. Motion was made by Alderman
Blackman, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously carried to authorize
the Executive Assistant to the Mayor & Board to negotiate for a seven
person comfort station up to $400.00.
The City Attorney said he reviewed the Foundation
Group contract and corrected the payment schedule. He said the payment schedule
is $7,500 for the first 90 days of the contract, $15,000 due at 90 days after
execution and $17,500 due at 180 days after execution for a total of $40,000.
Allan Weaver, The Foundation Group, said they would give multiple progress
reports and if not acceptable, the contract can be terminated. Mr. Weaver said
if under contract, they would represent the City at an annual conference in
Atlanta, the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Motion was made by Alderman Cox,
seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to go into closed session to
determine the necessity of going into executive session.
The Deputy City Clerk returned to the
meeting and announced a motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Bellman
and unanimously carried to remain in executive session to discuss negotiation
of terms of contract with The Foundation Group proposal, possible Cain appeal,
and Sands litigation.
Motion was made by Alderman Impey,
seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to come out of executive
Alderman Cox asked Allan Weaver from
The Foundation Group if they would accept $5,000 for the first 90 days of
service and allow the Mayor to attend the conference in Atlanta, Georgia,
November 13th through the 15th with them. He responded
that would be acceptable. Alderman Cox said after the 90 days of the contract and
the conference they would reevaluate moving forward. Alderman Cox requested the
City Attorney amend the contract accordingly. Motion was made by Alderman Cox
and seconded by Alderman Gill to adopt the contract with The Foundation Group
amending the cost for the first ninety days to be $5,000.00 (Exhibit d). The
motion carried with Aldermen Gill, Authement, Cox, Papania, and Impey voting
aye and Aldermen Bellman and Blackman voting nay.
Motion was made by Alderman Blackman,
seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to hire Dogan & Wilkinson
for the litigation of The Sands versus the City of Ocean Springs.
was made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Gill and
unanimously carried to adjourn the Special Call meeting.
The meeting ended at 6:50 p.m.