MEETING OF DECEMBER 17, 2019
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 December 17, 2019. The Mayor presiding,
Aldermen Cox, Gill, Authement, Bellman, Papania and Blackman were present. Alderman
Impey was absent. Also present were City Clerk Patty Gaston and City Attorney
Mayor called the meeting to order.
Papania gave the invocation and the Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor presented Emile Ladnier American Legion Post 42 of Ocean Springs a
proclamation for their Centennial Day December 18, 2019. Post 42 Historian, Richard
Eckert read an excerpt from his uncle a WWI veteran.
was made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously
carried to accept the agenda.
May and Muthukumar Naraynaswamy, PhD. with Michael Baker International gave an
update on the Front Beach Drainage Study to identify the cause of erosion. They
said that historically there has not been significant change in the shoreline
due to coastal processes. It was established that the sidewalk and knee wall are
the cause of the erosion on Front Beach due to storm water runoff. They said
the goal is to intercept storm water before reaching the beach. They concluded
there are two options to intercept storm water and improve storm water
outfalls; option one being a rock-lined garden style channel section to connect
to the existing storm drain outlet and option two being a concrete lined
channel section to connect to the existing storm drain outlet. After meeting
with officials from Jackson County and the City of Ocean Springs, it was
determined the best option would be to construct concrete swells due to
maintainability and constructability. Alderman Blackman asked about having
removable pervious sections placed over concrete swells which would be greener
and more aesthetically pleasing. Mr. May said the option has not been explored
but could be.
Reid from Downtown Digital presented the Board with a digital media growth
proposal and requested $500 per month from the City for a marketing campaign.
Alderman Cox said a marketing campaign would need cooperation with the Chamber
of Commerce. Alderman Authement said it would need to wait until the beginning
of next year and would need Chamber cooperation.
Planning & Grants Administrator said a public hearing was held and comments
taken regarding increasing the cap of short term rentals. She added that there
have been no complaints for permitted STR in the three years since
establishment of the ordinance which provides recourse to stop those that are
not permitted. She said the Planning Commission recommends increasing the cap from
35 to 50 short term rentals.
Lucas, 203 Front Beach, said the City is not enforcing the current ordinance
and spoke against raising the limit.
was made by Alderman Cox and seconded by Alderman Gill to adopt an ordinance;amending Ordinance No. 2015-11
and Sections 510(b)(10) of Appendix D of the Ocean Springs Code of Ordinances
regarding permits for short-term rentals in residential areas (Exhibit 5-a). The
motion carried with a roll call vote as follows:
Building Official said that the Tree Protection Committee did not come to a
majority decision regarding the application for tree removal at 1700 Government
Street (Exhibit 5-b). Henry Furr was present to answer questions regarding the
application. Motion was made by Alderman Authement,
seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried to grant permission to
remove trees at 1700 Government Street.
was made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Bellman and unanimously
carried to adopt a Resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement
with the Municipal Intercept Company (MIC) to collect the City’s debt between
MIC and the City as authorized by the local Government Debt Collection Setoff
Act (Exhibit 6-a).
was made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Papania and unanimously
carried to authorize the Mayor to execute an Agreement to Collect Municipal
Debt with MIC (Exhibit 6-b).
was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously carried
to adopt a Resolution to provide funds in support of the 2020 Gulf Coast
Legislative Reception (Exhibit 6-c).
was made by Alderman Cox, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously carried
to approve the Consent Agenda with the exception of item 7-b.
check to Easy Permit Postage in the amount of $2,020.99 for refill postage
meter (Exhibit 7-a)
b) Approve Minutes: Recess Meeting November
19, 2019 (Exhibit 7-b)
c) Approve Minutes: Special Call Meeting
November 25, 2019 (Exhibit 7-c)
d) Accept Monthly Police Department Report
for November 2019 (Exhibit 7-d)
e) Accept monthly Fire Department Report for
November 2019 (Exhibit 7-e)
to declare Troy Built riding lawn mower (Asset #2820) as surplus as it is of no
value to the City (Exhibit 7-f)
removal of Fireman Connor Pickich probationary status to full time status
effective immediately (Exhibit 7-g)
removal of Fireman Jefferson Broadus probationary status to full time status
effective immediately (Exhibit 7-h)
the Mayor to execute final contract documents for J.E. Borries, Inc. for Old
Fort Bayou Greenway Phase I; Tidelands Project FY15-P501-14OS (Exhibit 7-i)
Resolution to amend plat error on the filed final plat for the Maple Woods
Subdivision (Exhibit 7-j)
Conditional Use Permit for a Brewpub and Restaurant at 1314 Government Street
PID 60137068.050, Martin and Sandra Konrad (Exhibit 7-k)
Certificate of Appropriateness for the replacement of roofing material at 214
Washington Avenue, Lawrence and Jett Leake (Exhibit 7-l)
Certificate of Appropriateness for the construction of new exterior stairs, a
rear porch and a ADA ramp at 505 Washington Avenue, Walter Anderson Museum of
Art (Exhibit 7-m)
Tree Protection Committee meeting minutes from December 10, 2019 (Exhibit 7-n)
o) Approve Code Enforcement Report through
December 13, 2019 (Exhibit 7-o)
p) Accept a 1988 MACK Truck from Jackson
County (Exhibit 7-p)
was made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried
to amend the draft of minutes for the November 19, 2019 recess meeting.
was made by Alderman Blackman, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried
to approve the minutes for the November 19, 2019 recess meeting.
The Executive Assistant to the Mayor
& Board gave an update of the website design meeting with Future Design
Group (Exhibit 8-a). She said they are performing better and more quickly than
expected and have provided a wireframe mockup of the new website.
The Executive Assistant to the Mayor
& Board said that donations have been received to cover all expenses and
door prizes for the Christmas Party (Exhibit 8-b), and thanked all those that
was made by Alderman Authement, seconded by Alderman Papania and unanimously
carried to approve the Docket of Claims; the Board finds that all expenses are
lawful and appropriate (Exhibit 8-c).
were several questions regarding the adjustments of water/sewer accounts (Exhibit
8-d) which was tabled.
City Clerk said that she has received four RFQs for the FEMA #4350 Sewer Lift
Project for 7 lift stations but a selection committee was never established. Motion
was made by Alderman Papania, seconded by Alderman Authement and unanimously
carried to appoint Aldermen Cox, Authement, and Blackman to the selection committee
for the FEMA #4350 Sewer Lift Project.
Chief McCoy spoke about development of a fire training facility to help lower
the fire safety rating from a 5 to a 4. He said it is estimated to cost
approximately $250,000 for a building with at least three floors and
approximately 15’x30’. He suggested relocating a pole barn behind Station One
and placing the facility on site. The Mayor said this will be a high priority
Planning & Grants Administrator said that she has been working with
Building and Public Works to consolidate and streamline the internal development
documentation to provide a seamless process.
Gill said the Tree Protection Committee (TPC) denied removal of two Live Oak trees
at 1245 Monticello Blvd. and homeowner Linda Do is appealing that decision (Exhibit
8-g). He said after viewing the trees, they are in agreement to remove the tree
on the right to construct a new driveway and leave the tree on the left side of
the house. Motion was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Bellman and
unanimously carried to grant appeal of the TPC’s decision and to grant removal
of one Live Oak tree on the East side of the house at 1245 Monticello Blvd.
contingent on the homeowner getting a construction permit for the new driveway..
Blackman said that the Board is seeing more TPC appeals than ever before
because there is less consideration for hardship and property rights by the new
TPC members. He explained that homeowner Kristy Truong is appealing the TPC denial
of removal of one Live Oak tree at 3412 Dijon Avenue. He said the tree needs to
be removed so that a circular driveway can be constructed to avoid the tree in
the middle of the road directly behind the current driveway. Motion was made by Alderman Blackman,
seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to grant the appeal of the TPC’s
decision and to grant removal of one Live Oak tree at 3412 Dijon Avenue.
Parks & Recreation Director said that she met with Compton Engineering
regarding the parking project at the Sports Complex. She said the plans that
were previously prepared in 2017 were not complete and will need to be
finalized. Alderman Cox asked what needs to be completed and what would be the
final cost. She said he would need the final number with Compton Engineering
but as far as she knows the estimate is over $600,000.
Parks & Recreation Director said that the restroom at MLK Park has been
removed and the contractor is ready to begin the rebuilding.
Weaver, 334 Lovers Lane, requested a copy of the slide show previously shown by
representatives of Michael Baker Int. regarding Front Beach drainage. She said
she would like to see other drainage options explored like engineered soil and
a catch basin underneath, or other green options. She asked that the Board and
County look at the results Harrison and Hancock Counties received from the
Beach Outfall Challenge Contest.
Posten, 631 Clark Avenue, is currently coastal training with DMR and would like
a copy of the study referred to in the presentation by Michael Baker Int. She
suggested working with the property owners across the street from the beach to
construct rain gardens but said it would take community involvement.
Moore said he was assured that when a tree was approved for removal by the
Board the property owner would be asked to plant a tree to take its place. He
said trees help with water runoff and are a safety enhancer in residential
areas. Additionally, he thinks the fire training facility is a no brainer in
terms of cost and savings.
Gill asked Alderman Blackman to call Mississippi Power to get light pole 140
repaired. He responded that they have been notified and are working on it.
Authement asked the City Clerk when the selection committee would meet and if
she could give a few dates to select from since it’s the holiday season. He
wished everyone a Merry Christmas.
Papania said it looks like the County will clean, clear and re-rock the
"monster ditch”. He then wished Kevin Melchi, City Attorney, well in his new
Blackman congratulated Keven Melchi, City Attorney, as well. He said several
months ago Public Works installed speed bumps on Linnet Drive in Heron Bayou
but they are too high. He said Public Works has ordered a solution from Global
Industries. Motion was made by Alderman
Blackman, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to spend $563.50
from Ward 5 funds to pay an invoice from Global Industries for speed bumps.
Mayor welcomed the newest microbrewery, Craft Advisory. They plan to open March
or April 2020 in the old Chef Scott restaurant building on Government Street
and will be a brewery and eatery. Their addition will total four craft
breweries in Ocean Springs which they said is a big tourist draw.
Mayor wished everyone a merry Christmas and happy holiday season.
NO EXECUTIVE SESSION
was made by Alderman Bellman, seconded by Alderman Blackman and unanimously
carried to adjourn the meeting until 6:00 p.m. on January 7, 2020.
ended at 8:28 p.m.