MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN
CITY OF OCEAN SPRINGS
RECESS MEETING OF FEBRUARY 8, 2012
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 February 8, 2012. Mayor Moran presiding, Aldermen Cox, Gill, McDonnell, Cody, Denyer, Dalgo and Hagan were present. Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson and City Attorney John Edwards.
Mr. Robert “Bobby” Cox was sworn in as Alderman at Large by Judge Matthew Mestayer (Exhibit A).
Alderman Cody gave the invocation and the children of Alderman at Large, Evan and Anslee Harris, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to add the Addendum to the agenda.
Ms. Rebecca Mathias was not able to be present. Motion was made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to post a 3’x4’ marine debris sign at the Bristol Boulevard boat ramp.
Mr. Mark Lafontaine, owner of The Gallery, gave an update on the 3rd Saturday Art Market. The first market was in December with 15 vendors pre-registered and 19 vendors completed that market. The second market in January, 2012, had 13 pre-registered vendors and 18 total vendors. The third market is scheduled for February 18, 2012 with 15 confirmed vendors and 6 potential vendors. Mr. Lafontaine stated the art market is growing expressed his desire to expand the art market. Alderman McDonnell stated the only complaints he has received is about the closing of Washington Avenue and the concern with boat traffic during the spring and summer months. He suggested using Bowen Avenue in order to keep Washington Avenue open. Alderman Cody stated several business owners North of Government Street on Washington Avenue said the event has helped their businesses. He further reiterated the concern of boat traffic during the spring and summer months. This event will be re-evaluated after the February art market.
Ms. Sarah Fountain stated her young daughter was attacked by one of the rooster and felt the incident was handled unprofessionally and asked for a public apology from the Mayor. She further stated she has been attacked through postings on social media sites. The Mayor explained she had apologized to Ms. Fountain and stated the roosters have been removed from the City. Homes have been found for the roosters. The Mayor also stated she asked Ms. Fountain to submit any out-of-pocket expenses she incurred through this incident.
Mr. Elliott Jackson expressed his contempt for the way the city handled the issue of the rooster when it attacked his young son during the Peter Anderson Festival.
CONSENT AGENDA AND ADDENDUM
Motion was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to authorize concurrence of Compton Engineering, Inc. and authorize to negotiate their contract for Magnolia Property – Environmental Services and authorize concurrence of Thompson Engineering as the consultant and authorize their contract for Front Beach Drainage Project – Engineering Services in connection with CIAP – MS-3075 – Land Acquisition and Clearing for the Protection of Storm Water Outfalls (Exhibit 5-b).
The Mayor pulled item (n) the tree committee report concerning an issue at Lot 48 Rue Maupesant. Motion was made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to table the tree committee report of February 3, 2012 (Exhibit 5-n).
Motion was made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Dalgo and unanimously carried to approve the Consent Agenda and Addendum with exception of item (b) and (n) which were pulled by the Mayor and item (A-1d) which was pulled by Alderman McDonnell.
Alderman McDonnell pulled item (A-1d) from the Addendum to ask how many poll workers were used for the Special Election. The City Clerk reported we had 24 workers and two (2) County Election Commissioners. He also asked how can someone become a poll worker. The City Clerk answered anyone interested would go through the county for poll worker training. Alderman McDonnell stated he was impressed by the voter turn-out for the Special Election.
Motion was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to accept the certification of election signed by the Election Commissioners and Official Recapitulation of the Special Election and spread upon the minutes (Exhibit A-1d).
Motion was made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to reappoint Dr. Lena Melton to the Ocean Springs School Board for a term of 5 years beginning March 3, 2012.
DEPARTMENT REPORT – Addendum
The Mayor presented a letter drafted by the City Attorney to propose changing legislation concerning the process that allows leasing of small parcels no longer needed for municipal purposes on the basis of a single appraisal in order to reasonably obtain Fair Market Value for the lease instead of obtaining three (3) appraisals. Motion was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to present legislation to require a full appraisal and a review appraisal for property 1,500 square feet or less
Alderman Denyer stated Public Works Department did an amazing job of cleaning up after the Mardi Gras parade.
Alderman Cody reported the deterioration of a ditch is causing fences to fall in Arbor Vista Subdivision. The Assistant Public Works Director reported approximately 1,200 linear feet that needs to addressed at a cost of $140,000 to $150,000. He suggested a rip rap solution. Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to authorize the City Engineer to submit an application to Pat Harrison Waterway District for funding of this project.
The Mayor asked for an updated list for long term drainage plans from each Alderman.
Motion was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried to authorize up to $162.50 from Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Alderman at Large and Mayor’s Capital Improvement Accounts for removal of a dead water oak and topping out another water oak both located in Kensington Park.
Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Dalgo and unanimously carried to authorize the Mayor to register Mr. Joe Gill as the City’s Lobbyist. Alderman Gill abstains from the vote.
Alderman Denyer asked Public Works Department to check a dead water oak in Stark Bayou Subdivision.
Alderman Denyer requested $600.00 from Ward 4 Capital Improvement Account to fund a newsletter for Ward 4 residents pending approval from City Attorney.
Alderman Dalgo asked for the status of the Government Street overlay project. The Assistant Public Works Director advised the County is working just past Starks Bayou. There have been numerous complaints concerning the removal of the grass from the edge of the asphalt to the sidewalk on the West side of the road. He stated there is not an anticipated completion date at this time.
Motion was made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to authorize the Mayor to contact the power company to address the grid load in the City.
Alderman Cody stated there are a number of cracked and mismatched existing sidewalks that need to be corrected and asked it to be included in the Streetscape project. The Grants Administrator advised she will audit that project to determine the balance and availability of funds.
The Mayor announced the stormwater drainage has been installed on the former Fallo’s property to connect to the railroad track. She stated she will find funding to finish the road bed to Robinson extension and ask the County to asphalt it and then develop the park.
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 Denyer, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to remain in executive session to discuss potential litigation regarding Woodland Subdivision; personnel in the Police Department and potential litigation regarding a disputed bill.
Motion was made by Alderman Hagan, seconded by Alderman Dalgo and unanimously carried to return to regular session.
Motion was made by Alderman Hagan, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to authorize the City Attorney to move forward up to $750.00 for the park.
Motion was made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to recess until 6:00 p.m. on February 22, 2012.
Meeting ended at 8:07 p.m.
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