City of Ocean Springs

    Minutes - September 20, 2016 - 6:00 p.m. Recess Meeting

    RECESS MEETING OF SEPT. 20, 2016         

    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 Sept. 20, 2016.  Mayor Pro Tem Impey presiding, Aldermen Cox, Gill, McDonnell, Cody, Denyer, and Dalgo were present.  Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson and City Attorney Kevin Melchi. 

    Mayor Pro Tem Impey called the meeting to order.

    Alderman Cody gave the invocation and Alderman Impey led the Pledge of Allegiance.


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

    Mr. Vincent was not present to discuss Item 3a. It was removed from the agenda.

    Mayor Moran arrives at the meeting.

    The Mayor presented a Proclamation marking the 229th Anniversary of the Signing of the Constitution, Proclaims Sept. 17 – 23, 2016 as Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Week.

    The Mayor gave an update on the insurance reimbursement for the vandalized art structures in the amount of $5,200.00. Melanie Allen representing PAPOS would use the insurance funds to put toward a new art piece. 

    Motion was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cody to authorize allocating $5,200.00 of art insurance proceeds to PAPOS for repair or replacement of a public art piece. 


    The Mayor and Board of Aldermen had a discussion on the drainage issues in Parktown.

    Alderman Impey stated that he is the alderman for that ward and many residents contact him regarding their concerns and issues regarding drainage.  Alderman Impey introduced Public Works Director Johnny Groue and City Engineer James Foster to the audience. The Public Works Director presented to the Board the work orders dating back to 2004 for that area.  The trees around the ditch behind Crestlawn were trimmed last year. The Mayor stated that MDOT has a plan to bore alongside existing ditch and by Davis Bayou.  This will move the water south.

    Alderman Impey asked the Public Works Director the status of the Pat Harrison Waterway District Vicksburg Ditch project.  He stated it is still on the list and does not have a time line for starting that project.

    Alderman Gill gave a history of the drainage issues and repairs made since the 1990’s.  There has been over $600,000.00 in repairs in Parktown and $180,000.00 to dredge Davis Bayou. 

    Katie Yow, 1219 Parktown Dr., stated that she has pictures of the flooding in the street and does not want her home to flood. 

    Carol Jones, 4077 Groveland Rd., stated there needs to be a good system for cleaning the ditches and repairing the ditches.

    Linwood Stevenson, 1321 Glacier Ave., has a sinkhole in his yard due to the ditch from Yosemite to Groveland Rd.

    Alderman Denyer discussed additional pipe under the highway which would lower the ditches so they drain more.

    Alderman Cox stated he walked the area with Ms. Yow. He said it was not too bad but grass is growing in the center and is really deep.

    Alderman Impey asked Mr. Foster if there is any short term solutions that can be done to alleviate issues in the area. 

    Theresa Sparkman, 3000 Trentwood Dr., stated the property behind her house is eroding and afraid that if more water is added then she may flood and she thinks she has a sinkhole in her yard.

    Public Works is requested to review the possible erosion problem at 3000 Trentwood Dr.



    Motion was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to approve the consent agenda with the exception of Item J which was pulled by Alderman Cox.

    Alderman Cox asked the Deputy Police Chief if the Mustang that was being declared surplus and sending to auction was of any value and would rather have the city advertise and take bids.

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to have the City take sealed bids on the Mustang.

    Alderman Cody asked what the route was for the Run/Walk of Item 6e.  Deputy Chief Hoppner explained the route.

    Alderman McDonnell asked what the decision of the Tree Protection Committee was on 809 Cleveland Ave.  Alderman Cody stated that the tree growing under the house and tearing up, causing leveling issues.  The homeowner is willing to plant another tree if the tree is removed.  Melanie Allen, Tree Protection Committee, went to the site visit and recommended cabling the tree. The homeowner asked the committee to hold off on their decision and she will hold off on any work being done until she has a structural assessment completed.

    The Building Official will revisit the site.

    Alderman Denyer requested a report from the city attorney regarding the liability of committees.


    The Mayor gave an update on the legislature’s use of the BP Settlement Funds.  The Mayor and other city leaders in Harrison and Jackson County would like to send proposed legislation for the use of the BP funds.

    The Building Official gave an update on the damaged tree on Washington Ave and Desoto.  A truck hit the tree and limbs were damaged and had to be removed.  He is working on a plan to save the remaining exposed hollow part of the tree.


    Alderman Impey thanked everyone for coming out to discuss the drainage issues in Parktown.  He went to the dedication of the new piece of art at the Mary C. O’Keefe and it was a success.

    Alderman Denyer asked the status of improving wifi and internet speeds in Jackson County.  He stated Harrison and Hancock is ahead of Jackson County in moving forward. 

    The Mayor informed him that the Jackson is on the map to be completed.

    Alderman Cox asked Human Resources Director Mindy McDowell the status of the proposal of Med-Analysis.  She stated she had several questions that still need to be answered. He would like to form an IT Committee with representatives of local residents that are knowledgeable in that area and make recommendations to the Board.

    The Mayor invited everyone to attend a meeting on Oct. 3rd with Drew Young to discuss capitalizing on live music and festivals from an economic stand point.  There is also a new TV station moving to downtown Ocean Springs called Ocean 7.

    Alderman Cody stated a citizen complained about the speeding on Halstead Rd.  He would like the attorney to research if the speeding fine can be doubled during certain times.  They will also add reflective buttons in the street to slow cars down.

    Alderman McDonnell asked the City Clerk what the balance of his ward funds were so that he can transfer the funds to Alderman Cox who has worked so hard on the Armory to open a youth facility.

    Motion was made by McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to transfer the remaining balance of Ward 2 funds to the Alderman-At-Large Ward funds for the purpose of completion of the Armory Gym project.

    Alderman Gill discussed the county providing more services on Front Beach.  Alderman Denyer stated the County, WastePro, and City pick up trash on the beach.  He said there should be more effective way. Alderman Gill asked the Mayor to set up a meeting to get all parties coordinated.


    Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to go into closed session to determine the necessity of going into executive session. 

    The City Clerk returned to the meeting and announced a motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to remain in executive session to discuss potential litigation regarding contractual services, personnel in the Building Department, Personnel in the Mayor’s Department, and economic development in the commercial business district. 

    Motion was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to return to regular session. 

    Motion was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Impey and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting until 6:00 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2016.

    Meeting ended at 8:50 p.m.

    /s/ Shelly Ferguson                                        /s/ Connie Moran   

    City Clerk                                                         Mayor

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