REGULAR MEETING OF
OCTOBER 3, 2017
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.
Mayor called the meeting to order.
Carl King gave the invocation and the Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance.
was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Bellman and unanimously carried
to add the Addendum to the Agenda.
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)
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Building Official stated he has not seen the site plan from Mr. King.
Dixon, 1705 Shelby Lane, spoke about her objection to the state flag.
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
made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried
to accept the Consent Agenda and Addendum.
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.
Authement spoke about the passing of Dr. William Pontius who served on the
Historical Planning Commission Committee since January of 1993.
made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to
advertise for vacant position on the Historical Planning Commission Committee.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Papania said he has spent a lot of time on East Beach with Mr. Duggan regarding
the sand and drainage issues in that area.
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.
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
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.
Impey thanked the Assistant Director of Public Works for her hard work and
updates on the Gettysburg-Chalmette ditch and Groveland Road.
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
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
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.
was made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously
carried to seek a restraining order and injunction again Scott Walker.
was made by Alderman Bellman, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously
carried to come out of closed session.
was made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously
carried to recess until 6:00 p.m. on October 17, 2017.
ended at 8:03 p.m.
City Clerk Mayor
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