Aldermen Minutes

MINUTES
MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN
CITY OF OCEAN SPRINGS

SPECIAL CALL MEETING JUNE 21, 2010  

Be it remembered that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs met in a Special Call meeting at City Hall in the City of Ocean Springs at 5:30 p.m. on June 21, 2010.  Mayor Moran presiding, Aldermen Gill, McDonnell, Cody, Denyer, Dalgo and Hagan were present.  Also present were City Clerk Shelly Ferguson and City Attorney John Edwards.  Alderman Ross was absent. 

The Mayor called the meeting to order.

The Special Call Meeting is for the purpose of any and all matters pertaining to authorizing employment of Donald J. Martin, Dispatcher, effective June 17, 2010, $11.08 hourly, and six-month probationary period (Exhibit 1); authorizing employment of Joshua Alan Fox, Patrolman, effective June 18, 2010, $12.50 hourly, and one-year probationary period (Exhibit 2); authorizing the Mayor to execute Contract with Pride Publishing Group, LLC, in the amount of $2,000.00 funded by the BP grant, for an eight-page tabloid special section for inclusion in the OS Record and the Gazette for public outreach efforts related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, pending legal approval (Exhibit 3); approving Minutes:  Special Call Meeting June 10, 2010 (Exhibit 4); approving Minutes:  Recess Meeting June 15, 2010 (Exhibit 5); approving Minutes:  H.R. Committee Meeting June 17, 2010 (Exhibit 6); updating on the proposal for ocean booms in the Ocean Springs vicinity and Executive Session – Personnel in Fire Department.             

Motion was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Dalgo and unanimously carried to authorize employment of Donald J. Martin, Dispatcher, effective June 22, 2010, $11.08 hourly and six-month probationary period (Exhibit 1).

Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Dalgo and unanimously carried to authorize employment of Joshua Alan Fox, Patrolman, effective June 22, 2010, $12.50 hourly and one-year probationary period (Exhibit 2).

Motion was made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to authorize the Mayor to execute the Contract with Pride Publishing Group, LLC, in the amount of $2,000.00 funded by the BP grant, for an eight-page tabloid special section for inclusion in the Ocean Springs Record and the Gazette for public outreach efforts related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, pending legal approval (Exhibit 3). 

Motion was made by Alderman Hagan, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to approve minutes of Special Call Meeting of June 10, 2010 (Exhibit 4).

Motion was made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Hagan and unanimously carried to approve minutes of the Recess Meeting of June 15, 2010 (Exhibit 5).

Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to approve minutes of the H.R. Committee Meeting of June 17, 2010 (Exhibit 6).

The Mayor gave an update concerning the ocean booms in the Ocean Springs vicinity.  She introduced Ms. Maureen Johnson, BP, Incident Command Representative, Mobile, AL and Cmdr. Jason Merriweather, Coast Guard, Incident Command Representative, Mobile, AL.  Ms. Johnson reported BP was continuing to add additional skimmers and defensive measures in this sector.  She explained there were two (2) programs BP would be implementing.  One is the Magnolia Works Project which includes adding boom to four (4) bays including the Heron Bay, Bay of St. Louis, Biloxi Bay and Pascagoula Bay and will begin in the next couple of days.  There was discussion on the placement of the booms.  Ms. Johnson advised she would research the specific placement of the booms and report back to the Mayor. 

The second program is the ocean fencing.  BP will begin placing the zorbent fencing in areas permitted already.  They will also be   ordering additional materials for more projects for a range of 25-30 miles of fencing.  Ms. Johnson reported BP was still working on the final site selections for the additional projects not already permitted.  She also stated BP had concerns with the durability of the fencing as well as environmental issues.  BP will monitor the construction of the contractors erecting the fencing although they would not stop construction.      

Ms. Johnson explained the gunderboom does not meet BP’s specifications or delivery time but agreed to meet with Dr. David Keith concerning this particular boom.   The City was proposing to put a secondary boom between the East end of Deer Island and Marsh Point.  BP proposes to put a staggered boom from Belle Fontaine Beach to the East end of Deer Island.   

Alderman McDonnell asked Ms. Johnson to provide the Mayor with a list of resources in the next three (3) days.  Dr. Keith will provide the current flow and soil sediment data for anchoring purposes.  The Mayor stated she has requested skimmers and recommended the Fayard property as the staging area. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Denyer 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 Denyer and unanimously carried to remain in executive session to discuss personnel in the Fire Department. 

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

Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Ross and unanimously carried to accept the retirement of Randall Rogers, effective June 21, 2010 and place personnel memo of June 21, 2010, in his personnel file.

Motion was made by Alderman Dalgo, seconded by Alderman Hagan and unanimously carried to adjourn the Special Call Meeting.           

Meeting ended at 6:35 p.m.

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City Clerk                                                      Mayor



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