SPECIAL CALL MEETING
SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
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 September 13, 2019. The Mayor presiding, Aldermen Gill,
Authement, Bellman, Papania, Cox and Impey were present. Let the minutes
reflect that Alderman Blackman is attending this meeting by telephone pursuant
to Section 25-41-5 of the Mississippi Code. Let the minutes also show that
there is a speakerphone in the meeting room and that all those present are able
to hear Alderman Blackman. Also present were City Clerk Patty Gaston 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 adopting a resolution to adjust
automatic sewer service charge increase (Exhibit a); and adopting Fiscal Year
19 – 20 Budget.
The City Clerk updated the Board on the
changes made to the budget since the public hearing on September 5, 2019. She said
there were seven changes: 1) The street sweeper for Public Works was moved from
FY 19-20 to the FY 18-19 budget. 2) She added $7,700 to the Fire Department
budget for air conditioning repairs. 3) The Board of Aldermen’s budget was
increased by $900 for a survey for an easement sale on Jamez Road. 4) 4) For
$83,400 was received from Jackson County for the Bills Avenue project which
will increase ending balance for FY 18-19. 5) JCUA sent a correction to the
previous sewer rate schedule for all of Jackson County, the City’s payment
increased to $24,456 for FY 19-20. 6) The Board approved increasing the Chamber
of Commerce funding to $40,000 from the Food & Beverage tax funds, rather
than splitting the $10,000 increase between the Hotel tax and Food & Beverage
tax funds. 7) The last change is a $1,000 increase in the Court Department
office equipment budget, due to the incompatibility of the receipt printers
with the new computers.
Alderman Blackman asked the City Clerk
to clarify the JCUA increase. She responded that she does not have a specific
reason but the charge for all of the cities in Jackson County increased. She
added that the City will not be increasing the sewer rate. The City Attorney
prepared a resolution to remove automatic sewer rate increase for FY 19-20
since there was a 6% increase in FY 18-19. WLOX ran a story in error earlier
today that had said the City was increasing the sewer rate. Alderman Blackman
requested the Mayor follow up with WLOX to retract the story.
Alderman Gill asked what the ending
balance will be. The City Clerk said that $100,000 would be moved to the
reserve fund and as of right now ending balance will be $407,000. Currently
there is $905,000 in the reserve fund.
Alderman Cox asked if Public Works has
completed installing the new batteries in the transmitters. The City Clerk said
they are catching up and almost complete but will not know an actual number
until the next billing cycle.
Alderman Impey thanked the City Clerk
and staff; Alderman Papania agreed and thanked City Clerk and staff for a
smooth budget process.
was made by Alderman Impey and seconded by Alderman Gill to adopt Fiscal Year
19 – 20 Budget. The motion carried with a roll call vote as follows:
Alderman Gill Aye
Alderman Authement Aye
Alderman Bellman Aye
Alderman Cox Aye
Alderman Papania Aye
Alderman Blackman Aye
Alderman Impey Aye
was made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously
carried to remove the automatic sewer rate increase for FY 19-20.
was made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Authement and
unanimously carried to adjourn the Special Call meeting.
The meeting ended at 6:17 p.m.
Gaston_____________ __/s/Shea Dobson__________