SPECIAL CALL MEETING
SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
Be it remembered that the Mayor and
Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs met in a Special Call Meeting at
the Ocean Springs City Hall in the City of Ocean Springs at 5:30 p.m. on
September 7, 2017. The Mayor presiding,
Aldermen Cox, Gill, Authement, Bellman, Papania, Blackman, and Impey were
present. Also present were City Attorney
Kevin Melchi and City Clerk Shelly Ferguson.
Mayor called the meeting to order.
The Special Call Meeting is for the
purpose of any and all matters pertaining to Public Hearing for the FY17-18 Proposed
Motion was made by Alderman Cox,
seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to open the Public
The City Clerk gave a summary of the
proposed budget for FY17-18.
The City Clerk talked about a couple of
changes that were made to the budget at the request of the aldermen. The City Clerk added $5,000.00 to her budget
for a temporary employment of Chris Marx to help throughout the year as needed.
The $9,000.00 for equipment was removed
from the Parks Department general fund budget and moved to the 2% fund for
Highway 57 Sports Complex.
The City Clerk provided an updated copy
of the budget for the 008 fund, 2% fund and the general fund to reflect the
only changes made since the Special Call Meeting on August 29, 2017.
were no opponents against the proposed budget.
were no proponents for the proposed budget.
Motion was made by Alderman Gill,
seconded by Alderman Papania and unanimously carried to close the Public
Alderman Impey asked for the ridership
numbers for Coast Transit. Alderman
Impey is questioning whether or not we need to continue this service at a cost
increase of $4,000.00 since the numbers are so low. The Mayor mentioned he is working on a
shuttle plan for employees who work in the downtown area to free up parking.
Alderman Impey asked what adjustments
can be made to the funds to Chamber of Commerce. Alderman Cox said we capped them at
$30,000.00 for each fund
Alderman Impey stated he appreciates
having the Civic Center, Community Center and Senior Center available to people
for rentals. Alderman Impey asked how
much income the facilities bring in. The
City Clerk stated less than $50,000.00. Alderman Impey stated we are putting out over $221,000.00 on those (3)
three buildings combined. Alderman Impey
asked if there is any way to reduce these costs because they are a drain on the
City’s resources. Alderman Cox mentioned
looking at the operations of the facilities and eliminating the staff from
monitoring every function.
Alderman Impey asked about the
accounting software and phone system. Alderman Impey thinks $200,000.00 for accounting and billing software is
an incredible amount. The City Clerk
explained that she was given estimated pricing of $90,000.00 for the 1styear and $60,000 annually after that for maintenance which she is not willing
to pay. The City Clerk said she put in
for $200,000.00 because she does not know what the cost will be until we go out
for bid. She also explained she was to
go with a virtual server rather than one on site.
The City Clerk said the cost of
$180,000.00 for the phones is only for hardware components.
Motion was made by Alderman Gill,
seconded by Alderman Bellman and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting.
The meeting ended at 5:53 p.m.
/s/ Shelly Ferguson /s/ Shea Dobson
City Clerk Mayor