City of Ocean Springs

    Minutes - September 19, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. Recess Meeting

    RECESS MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 19, 2017          

    Be it remembered that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs met in a Recess Meeting at City Hall in the City of Ocean Springs at 6:00 p.m. on September 19, 2017.  Mayor Dobson presiding, Aldermen Cox, Gill, Authement, Bellman, Papania, Blackman, and Impey were present.  Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson and City Attorney Kevin Melchi.     

    The Mayor called the meeting to order.

    Mr. Chic Cody gave the invocation and the Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance.

    ADDENDUM

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

    PRESENTATION

    Mr. Chic Cody gave an overview presentation of the 2017 Cruisin’ the Coast event.

    The Chiclettes performed (4) four songs to showcase the musical entertainment for the Friday night sock hop during Cruisin’ the Coast.

    Alderman Gill praised Mr. Cody for a job well done on organizing the Cruisin’ the Coast event.

    PUBLIC HEARING

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously carried to open the Public Hearing for the FY17-18 Uniform Assessment Schedule for Motor Vehicles.

    There were no opponents to speak against the Uniform Assessment Schedule.

    There were no proponents to speak in favor of the Uniform Assessment Schedule.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Aldermen Impey and unanimously carried to come out of Public Hearing.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to adopt Resolution and Order for the FY17-18 Uniform Assessment Schedule for Motor Vehicles. (Exhibit 4-a)

    PUBLIC COMMENT

    Lisa Chapman, member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, requested the Board involve the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in any discussion or decisions to purchase items that involve Parks and Recreation.  The Parks Advisory Board would like the opportunity to speak on these issues as well. Ms. Chapman also thanked the Board for coming to their meetings.

    Ms. Destiny, new to the Taconi Headstart center, discussed the speed limit on Magnolia Avenue.  She asked what will be done once the traffic study is done.  Deputy Chief Hoppner said once the data is available the information will be reviewed and then a plan will be discussed as to lowering the speed limit and the times in which it should be reduced.  Alderman Cox said it should definitely be lowered during drop off and pick up times at Taconi.

    CONSENT AGENDA and ADDENDUM

    Motion was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously carried to approve the Consent Agenda and Addendum with the exception of items (8-w) pulled by Alderman Authement and (8-d) pulled by Alderman Papania.

    Alderman Authement pulled item (8-w) to recuse himself from voting on this item.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to approve item (8-w).

    Alderman Papania pulled item (8-d) for clarification of several items on the docket of claims.

    Motion was made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to accept the docket of claims, item (8-d).

    DEPARTMENT REPORT

    FIRE:

    The Deputy Fire Chief discussed adopting the MEMA District 9 Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The Deputy Fire Chief said this Hazard Mitigation Plan includes the (6) six coastal counties.  He said it has to be adopted for FEMA in order for the City to continue to be eligible for Grants.  He also said it has to be adopted in order to remain in compliance with the National Floodplain for flood insurance.  The cost is approximately $300.00 -$500.00. (Exhibit 9-a)

    Motion was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to approve the Resolution to Adopt the MEMA District 9 Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. (Exhibit 9-b)

    PUBLIC WORKS:

    The Building Official talked about the major change to the Ordinance is to set a minimum size on a grease trap which allows to the City to look at each of them on a case-by-case basis on the type of business and what their intent is.

    Motion was made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to adopt an Amendment to the Code of Ordinances for the City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi Amending Chapter 23 Regarding the Grease Control Program. Motion passes. (Exhibit 9-c)

         Alderman Gill                   Aye

         Alderman Authement         Aye

         Alderman Bellman             Aye

         Alderman Cox                   Aye

         Alderman Papania             Aye

         Alderman Blackman           Aye

         Alderman Impey               Aye

    ALDERMEN’S FORUM 

    Alderman Authement discussed the lack of officer present in the downtown area.  Alderman Authement said the store owners are starting to complain about the increase of the transient community coming back to the downtown area.  Alderman Authement said the police department is shorthanded but is going to have an officer patrol the downtown area (2) two days a week until the shortfall is over.  He said the City was making great strides in keeping this under control.  Alderman Authement said the transient community is gathering in the Chamber parking lot and using the power boxes.  He said we need to lock the power boxes up to stop them from using the power boxes.

    Alderman Bellman talked about getting an appraisal for the land on Davidson Street.  Alderman Bellman said Mr. Champaign is willing to sell 2/3 of the property.  Mr. Champaign has (6) six lots for sell but Alderman Bellman said he would really like to see us get the back (4) four lots. 

    Alderman Blackman said we should get quotes for appraisals before moving forward then go back to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to hear their concerns and get them involved.

    Motion was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Papania to get quotes to have an appraisal done on the property adjacent to the property on Alice Street.  Motion passes with Aldermen Gill, Authement, Bellman, Cox, Papania, and Blackman voting Aye and Alderman Impey voting Nay.

    Alderman Cox asked the Board if they want to change the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meetings to the boardroom at City Hall in order to be more transparent.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to have the Parks and Recreational Advisory Board hold their meetings in the boardroom at City Hall.

    Alderman Cox said he received a call about the lights at the Pine Street ballfield not coming on until 7:00 p.m. Alderman Cox said since it is starting to get dark a little earlier he would like the timers on the lights at all of the ballfields be set to 6:30 p.m. 

    Alderman Cox said there are 2-3 lights out on Shearwater Bridge that need to be fixed before Cruisin’ the Coast.

    Alderman Cox said the bushes at the park by the mosaics at the foot of the Ocean Springs/Biloxi Bridge are overgrown and need to be cut back.

    Alderman Cox talked to Candice Hooks, Assistant Public Works Director, about getting the street lights that are out at Linnet Drive and Reynolds Circle in Heron Bayou replaced.  Alderman Cox asked the Police Chief to have the officers start making a list of street lights that are out when they are on patrol.

    Alderman Papania recognized Jerry Munro and thanked him for volunteering to be the City’s representative for JCUA.

    Alderman Blackman talked about the Songwriters Festival and what a huge success it was.  Alderman Blackman said the Mayor was presented with a guitar signed by all of the musicians.

    Alderman Blackman asked the Planning and Grants Administrator for an update on the Government Street Sidewalk Project.  She said the project is at a standstill because the contractor is still waiting on the pedestrian bridge to come in.

    Alderman Blackman said the sidewalks on the east end of Government Street need to be maintained.  He said grass and weeds are getting severely overgrown and he would like this cut off the sidewalk.

    Alderman Impey talked about the successful soft opening the Tractor Supply Company had on Friday evening and the constant line of customers they have had.

    Alderman Impey stated Overwatch Supply is celebrating their one year anniversary.

    Alderman Impey said that Business Afterhours is scheduled Thursday night from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Its All Arranged.

    EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

    The City Clerk returned to the meeting and announced that motion was made by Alderman Bellman, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to remain in executive session to discuss current litigation regarding JCUA.

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

    Motion was made by Alderman Impey, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to adjourn until 6:00 p.m. on October 3 2017.       

    Meeting ended at 8:04 p.m.

     

    /s/ Shelly Ferguson                               /s/ Shea Dobson                  

    City Clerk                                                Mayor

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