SPECIAL CALL MEETING OCTOBER
it remembered that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs
met in a Special Call Meeting at the Emergency Operations Center in the City of
Ocean Springs at 11:30 a.m. on October 8, 2017. Mayor Dobson presiding, Aldermen Cox, Gill, Authement,
Bellman and Impey were present. Also
present was Deputy City Clerk Janice Hilton. Alderman Papania and Blackman were absent. Also absent was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson
and City Attorney Kevin Melchi.
called the meeting to order at 11:50 a.m.
Special Call Meeting is for the purpose of any and all matters pertaining to updates
on Hurricane Nate.
EOC Director, Nate Wilson, handed out MEMA Individual Assistance Damage
Assessment Report and Business and Agriculture Damage Assessment Report Forms
and asked all department heads and Aldermen to start documenting this
information. The EOC Director said this
is the information needed to determine a damage estimate to give to MEMA.
only address currently reported with flood damage is 1309 Cove Place.
major damage reported throughout the City is tree damage and power outages.
Director of Parks and Leisure Services reported known damages to the parks and
park facilities. The Parks Director is
concerned with having children come to Parks and Rec tomorrow because they
currently do not have power. She said
the generator is not working and doesn’t know when she may have power restored
to the facility.
Parks Director talked about the Fort Bayou Boat Launch and said it is in good
shape but very muddy. Alderman Gill
asked the Fire Chief if he could go to the boat launch and spray it down to get
the mud off of it.
Parks Director is estimating her damages to be around $12,000.00 - $14,000.00
after her first assessment of her parks and park facilities. The EOC Director asked if she could have her
cost estimate ready before the FEMA Kick Off Meeting.
Sedgewick Hurd, spokesman from Mississippi Power, updated the Board on
restoration of power. Mr. Hurd said
crews are on the move throughout the City. Georgia Power is assisting MS Power by working in Ocean Springs to get
power restored. Ms. Power had 8,000
power outages with Ocean Springs reporting the highest number at 3,500. Mr. Hurd said there are currently 2,300 –
2,500 customers still without power but they are working to have all power
restored by 9:00 p.m. tonight. He said
damage assessment, tree trimming, and crews out from MS Power and Georgia Power
is a part of the power company’s restoration at no cost to the City.
Fire Chief talked about the damage assessment for the (3) three fire
Fire Chief discussed the leaks that are still occurring at the Central Fire
Station and EOC Center. He said when a
heavy rain blows from the East the fire truck stall walls, fans in the stall
area, and the ladies restroom area leaks really bad. He said these leaks have never been fixed
since they moved into the building. He
also said the front door leaks in the rain because the overhand is too high to
stop the rain from coming into that area.
Temporary Field Operations Supervisor gave the Board a list of items that
Public Works has been working on. He
stated so far there have (27) twenty seven trees reported down so they have
been working, along with the fire department and police department, to get
these trees cut from the roadway to allow traffic access to these areas. He said they have been working on the beach
to get the debris picked up and some of the sand off the road. They are picking up all of the
barricades. They are checking all of the
sewer lift stations to make sure they are operating correctly because several
of them went completely under water.
Bellman stated his ward did not receive much damage other than tree damage and
Authement said the major damage in his ward are some houses and cars with trees
on them. The Yacht Club received some
damage. The Bait Shop shed at the Harbor
is destroyed. He also said there is some
fence damage along the beach.
Gill said (2) houses in his ward had water flood their sheds and ruin their
lawn equipment. He reported one street
light down in Fort Bayou Estates and trees down throughout his ward.
Cox said he received a call from a resident at 3405 Parliament Drive who has a
tree down in his yard inquiring if there is any assistance or funding to help
with the tree removal.
Impey said his ward did really well. He
said his current assessment of his ward is privacy fence damages, limbs and
EOC Director asked the Board to make sure when getting the information on the
Business and Agricultural Damage Assessment Report to include number of people
employed, how long they were closed or anticipate being closed, and their
Cox will go by the Ryan Youth Center to make sure there are no leaks.
Building Official stated there is a boat that sunk in the Lovers Lane
area. The Building Official also talked
about the roof leak in the boardroom at City Hall and the water shorting out
the fire alarm causing it to go off several times during the night.
of the Alderman will get addresses for any damages to their wards and get that
turned in to the EOC Director.
was made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to
adjourn the meeting.
meeting ended at 12:44 p.m.
Shelly Ferguson /s/
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