MEETING OF SEPT. 20, 2016
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.
Cody gave the invocation and Alderman Impey led the Pledge of Allegiance.
was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to
add the Addendum to the Agenda.
Vincent was not present to discuss Item 3a. It was removed from the agenda.
Moran arrives at the meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
1219 Parktown Dr., stated that she has pictures of the flooding in the street
and does not want her home to flood.
4077 Groveland Rd., stated there needs to be a good system for cleaning the
ditches and repairing the ditches.
Stevenson, 1321 Glacier Ave., has a sinkhole in his yard due to the ditch from
Yosemite to Groveland Rd.
Denyer discussed additional pipe under the highway which would lower the
ditches so they drain more.
stated he walked the area with Ms. Yow. He said it was not too bad but grass is growing in the center and is
asked Mr. Foster if there is any short term solutions that can be done to
alleviate issues in the area.
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.
is requested to review the possible erosion problem at 3000 Trentwood Dr.
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
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.
was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to have
the City take sealed bids on the Mustang.
Cody asked what the route was for the Run/Walk of Item 6e. Deputy Chief Hoppner explained the route.
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.
Building Official will revisit the site.
Denyer requested a report from the city attorney regarding the liability of committees.
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
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.
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.
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.
Mayor informed him that the Jackson is on the map to be completed.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously
carried to return to regular session.
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.
ended at 8:50 p.m.
Shelly Ferguson /s/
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