City of Ocean Springs

    Minutes - October 3, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

    REGULAR MEETING OF OCTOBER 3, 2017

    Be it remembered that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs met in a Regular meeting at City Hall in the City of Ocean Springs at 6:00 p.m. on October 3, 2017.  The Mayor presiding, Aldermen Cox, Authement, Bellman, Papania, Blackman and Impey were present.  Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson and City Attorney Kevin Melchi. Alderman Gill was absent.                    

    The Mayor called the meeting to order.

    Rev. Carl King gave the invocation and the Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance.

    ADDENDUM

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Bellman and unanimously carried to add the Addendum to the Agenda.

    PROCLAMATIONS

    The Mayor read a proclamation declaring the month of October, 2017 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the City of Ocean Springs.  The proclamation was presented to Amanda Conde and Melissa Galatas from Adrienne’s House. (Exhibit 3-b)

    The Mayor read a proclamation declaring the month of October, 2017 as Down Syndrome Awareness Month in the City of Ocean Springs.  The proclamation was presented to Lorie and James Vogelmeier, and Dana and Laura Drake from the Gulf Coast Down Syndrome Society. (Exhibit 3-c)

    The Mayor read a proclamation declaring the week of October 8-14, 2017 as Fire Prevention Week in the City of Ocean Springs.  The proclamation was presented to Fire Chief Jeff Ponson. (Exhibit 3-a)

    The Fire Chief notified everyone that the Fire Department has received a limited number of smoke alarms from the state to hand out to our citizens.  If anyone is interested in receiving a smoke alarm call the Fire Department to be placed on a list.

    NEW BUSINESS

    Mr. Dale Boudreaux, 3712 Bergerac Lane, discussed a citation he received in regards to a permanently constructed basketball goal in the city right-of-way. Mr. Boudreaux said according to his interpretation of the ordinance, section 21-3-1, the basketball goal does not impose obstruction or hazard for traffic or people walking on the sidewalk.  Mr. Boudreaux said it is located on the easement but the public can still use the sidewalk and the street.

    Mrs. Boudreaux is appealing the application of this code to the basketball goal located at Cambrai Circle in the Bienville Place Subdivision.  Mrs. Boudreaux does not believe this is the intent of the city to remove this basketball goal or any other child’s basketball goal throughout Ocean Springs.  She is asking the Board to reconsider this action that has been imposed upon her family.  Mrs. Boudreaux challenges the interpretation of this ordinance.  She said the basketball goal is not on the travelled portion of the street, sidewalk, or public thoroughfare, they live in a cul-de-sac, nor is it adjacent to a thoroughfare in such that it creates an obstruction or hazard.  Mrs. Boudreaux also stated that the residents of east Ocean Springs, south of Highway 90, do not have a park to play in or a recreational area.  She stated removing basketball goals in neighborhoods without rendering any alternative solution is wrong.

    The City Attorney clarified to Mr. and Mrs. Boudreaux that this Board does not enforce or not enforce codes.  The Code Enforcement Officer is tasked with these duties just as a police officer enforces traffic.  The citation goes to the Municipal Court before the Judge to determine if this is an obstruction or not.  The City Attorney stated an option for the Boudreaux’s to consider is to apply for a License to Encroach on the right-of-way. 

    Mrs. Boudreaux asked if code enforcement moves forward with the citation then what action would the Board take to provide a park or recreation area.

    Alderman Cox stated the recommendation to apply for the license to encroach the right-of-way would be the best solution.

    Alderman Blackman asked the Director of Parks and Leisure Services if there is room at Clay Boyd to add basketball goals.  The Parks Director said it is a possibility and she will have the Parks Advisory Board add this to their list of short term needs. (Exhibit 4-a)

    John Lee, member of the Civil Service Commission, was asked to come before the Board to explain the selection process of new hires for the City of Ocean Springs. Mr. Lee said the Civil Service Commission rules and procedures are set by the City’s Civil Service Commission. Mr. Lee asked the Board to look at the rules Civil Service has established and if they have any questions he would set up a forum with the other Commission members so they Board can ask any questions they have at that time.

    The Mayor discussed Public Works currently operating without a Public Works Director and with the Interim Public Works Director being out of the office he appointed Allan Ladnier as the Temporary Field Operations Supervisor, effective September 29th, to work under the supervision of Candice Hooks.  This position is temporary for up to ten weeks provided by Civil Service.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously carried to ratify the appointment of Allan Ladnier as the Temporary Field Operations Supervisor effective September 29th, 2017 for up to ten weeks.

    PUBLIC COMMENTS

    Carl King, Chaplin for Post 42 American Legion, wanted to invite everyone to come out to the Veteran’s Day Parade sponsored by the American Legion on October 28, 2017.  Mr. King asked for an update regarding review of property behind the Vietnam Memorial at the Ocean Springs Civic Center by the water tower.

    The Building Official stated he has not seen the site plan from Mr. King.

    Dr. Dixon, 1705 Shelby Lane, spoke about her objection to the state flag.

    Mr. Joshua Drummond, Canebrake Drive, came to show support and speak in favor of the basketball goal in the cul-de-sac in his neighborhood.

    CONSENT AGENDA and ADDENDUM

    Motion made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to accept the Consent Agenda and Addendum.

    DEPARTMENT REPORTS

    The Human Resources Director needs to set up interviews for Public Works Director and asked the Board when they would be able to interview potential candidates.  The Board agreed on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.  The Human Resources Director stated several candidates are out-of-state so they will conduct these interviews through Skype in the Mayor’s office. The Board requested the resumes be forwarded to them in advance for review prior to the interviews.

    ALDERMAN’S FORUM

    Alderman Authement spoke about the passing of Dr. William Pontius who served on the Historical Planning Commission Committee since January of 1993.

    Motion made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to advertise for vacant position on the Historical Planning Commission Committee.   

    Alderman Cox discussed a fundraiser the Mary C. O’Keefe Arts and Cultural Center is having on October 13, 2017.  Alderman Cox is asking the Board to approve the Special Event Permit application.  He said they have already scheduled security for the event and public works will furnish barricades and cut the grass prior to the event. 

    Motion made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously carried to approve the Special Event Permit Application submitted by the Mary C. O’Keefe Arts and Cultural Center for a fundraiser event on Friday, October 13, 2017.

    Alderman Cox asked about the lights on Shearwater Bridge.  He said they were fixed and all working but when he drove by there again on Monday night all of the lights were out again.  The Building Official said he will have the city electrician go back out and check on it and see if it is a timer issue.

    Alderman Cox spoke to the Assistant Director of Public Works about the lights on the corner of Reynolds Circle in Heron Bayou. He said he does not have a specific address but said it is very dark and asked her to send someone out to look at it.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Bellman and unanimously carried to ratify payment up to $250.00 to Shoemake’s Construction for the lights at the Mary C. O’Keefe building.

    Alderman Papania said he has spent a lot of time on East Beach with Mr. Duggan regarding the sand and drainage issues in that area.

    Alderman Blackman spoke to the Planning and Grants Administrator about the damaged irrigation system by the sidewalk contractor. Alderman Blackman had it checked and the only issue is that pipe sprays water.  He will repair this pipe himself by putting a cap on it.  The Planning and Grants Administrator will let the contractor know.

    Alderman Impey asked Mr. Chic Cody for any updates for Cruisin’ the Coast.  Mr. Cody said 7,800 cars have already registered for the event.  Mr. Cody invited the Mayor and Board to come to Phonecia’s to eat Friday night after the sock hop.

    The Mayor told Mr. Cody he appreciates all of his hard work for putting this event together and how much he is looking forward to it.

    Alderman Impey thanked the Assistant Director of Public Works for her hard work and updates on the Gettysburg-Chalmette ditch and Groveland Road.

    The Mayor updated the Board on his recent trip to Washington DC.  The Mayor said he went with several mayors from the coast.  He said they established relationships with numerous Federal Agencies. The Mayor said if all of the counties work together we can make things happen.

    EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

    The City Clerk returned to the Boardroom and announced motion was made by Alderman Papania, seconded by Alderman Bellman and unanimously carried to remain in executive session to discuss litigation regarding JCUA, prospective litigation regarding annexation, pending litigation regarding the Walker property, and selling city owned property.

    Motion was made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to seek a restraining order and injunction again Scott Walker.

    Motion was made by Alderman Bellman, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to come out of closed session.

    Motion was made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to recess until 6:00 p.m. on October 17, 2017.

    The meeting ended at 8:03 p.m.

     

    /s/ Shelly Ferguson                                        /s/ Shea Dobson 

    City Clerk                                                     Mayor

    10/17/2017                                                   10/17/2017

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