MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN
CITY OF OCEAN SPRINGS
REGULAR MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
Be it remembered that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs met in a Regular meeting at City Hall in the City of Ocean Springs at 6:00 p.m. on September 6, 2011. The Mayor presiding, Aldermen Gill, McDonnell, Cody Ross and Denyer were present. Also present was City Clerk Shelly Ferguson and City Attorney John Edwards. Alderman Hagan was absent during roll call but arrived later in the meeting. Alderman Dalgo was absent.
The Mayor called the meeting to order.
Motion was by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Cody and unanimously carried to open the Public Hearing.
The City Clerk gave an overview of the proposed FY11-12 budget. She stated there is no property tax increase. There are numerous grants that are still ongoing. She has budgeted for a special election. The $40.00 charge to each employee carrying BC/BS health insurance was eliminated in the upcoming budget year. The Fire and Police Stations are near completion.
Alderman Hagan arrives at the meeting.
Motion was made by Alderman Gill and seconded by Alderman Cody to close the Public Hearing. Motion carried with Aldermen Gill, McDonnell, Cody, Ross and Denyer voting aye and Alderman Hagan voting nay.
Dr. Sudhakar Madakasira introduced himself and stated he is a psychiatrist from Jackson, Mississippi, and the president and medical director of Psycamore, LLC. This is a program for adult and adolescents in need of outpatient treatment.
Mr. Bobby Huff, Counselor of Psycamore, LLC, gave a power point presentation on Psycamore, LLC is – a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapy program. (Exhibit 6-b)
Ms. Lori Carter, 1101 Iberville Drive, spoke in opposition of Psycamore, LLC. She presented a petition signed by numerous residents stating their opposition to the opening of Psycamore, LLC at 1101 Iberville Drive.
Mr. Dreux Segers, 1102 Iberville Drive, spoke in opposition of Psycamore, LLC and questioned the C-3 zoning. Mr. Segers stated this type of treatment program should be located in C-4 zoning. There was also a question concerning the issuance of a building permit.
Motion was made by Alderman Gill and seconded by Alderman McDonnell to authorize the Planning Commission to look at zoning for this facility. After further discussion, Alderman Gill rescinded his motion.
Motion was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to authorize the Planning Director’s decision be presented to the Planning Commission for a full review and input before any decision is made to check if that is an appropriate use in that zone and then come before the Board of Aldermen.
Motion was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Ross and unanimously carried to accept documentation from each side of the issues regarding Psycamore, LLC within the next 5 business days.
Ms. Julie Jowett was not present for the presentation of the Financial Statements for Year Ended December 31, 2009 for the Friends of the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center. It will be presented at the next board meeting.
Mr. Joey Furr gave an update on the Highway 57 Ballfields project. He stated the Phase 2 contractor almost complete. Phase 3 Contractor is in the process of pouring the foundations for the elevated in the middle. Phase 4 Contractor has the building pad in place and will begin forming the slab later in the week. He presented pictures of the fields during the rain event caused by Tropical Storm Lee beginning on Saturday and ending on Monday. Mr. Furr felt the pumps did amazingly well during the rains and there was very little floating sprigs of grass. The fields will be ready for the spring of next year. The Phase 4 Contractor will begin with the entrance gate for more security.
Mrs. Pamela Cox asked for a report on how the sidewalks faired on Front Beach during Tropical Storm Lee. It was reported there was minimal damage from the storm but ample sand is need to replenish the beach area. Mrs. Cox also questioned why the proposed hotel property would not be used as a parking area. Alderman Cody stated the hotel project would generate 47 parking spaces and that it would help alleviate some parking problems.
Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to accept the Consent Agenda with exception of item (b) which was pulled by Alderman McDonnell and items (r) and (h) which were pulled by Alderman Denyer and item (g) which was pulled by Alderman Gill.
Alderman McDonnell pulled item (b) for clarification concerning some of the problems at the Dewey Avenue Substation, what the proposal will include and if any other costs will be involved. Mr. Lack explained their proposal was refined and they established a scope of work with their fee based on a percentage of the cost that came in. The asbestos abatement and demolition will be handled by the City. Motion was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to accept Bolton/Lack/Furr Contract for Dewey Avenue Substation and authorize the Mayor to execute same (Exhibit 9-b).
Alderman Gill pulled item (g) and asked if the City had any control of the landscaping design. The Planning Director stated the plans included the types of plants to be planted with the only trees would be near the Brumfield property. Motion was made by Alderman Gill, seconded Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to authorize to award the bid to Gulf Breeze Landscaping, LLC in the amount of $177,965.10 for Installation of Landscaping with the Front Beach Sidewalk project – MDOT Transportation Enhancement (TE) Funds, pending concurrence from MDOT and review by the City Attorney (Exhibit 9-g).
Alderman Denyer pulled item (h) for clarification concerning the matching funds. The Mayor stated that is what the county is committing and Supervisor McKay went before his board to get authorization to add it i FY11-12 budget. Motion was made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Cody to authorize the Mayor to execute Resolution Authorizing the Filing of an Application for Federal Surface Transportation Project (STP) Funding for the Government Street Improvement Project and Committing the Necessary Non-Federal Match for the Project and approve engineering funding (Exhibit 9-h).
Motion was made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Hagan and unanimously carried to accept the resignation of Danny Harris, Street Department; authorize transfer of Daniel Cockerham from Water Department to fill position in Street Department and begin the process to fill the vacancy in the Water Department (Exhibit 9-r)
The Mayor pulled items 10-a; 10-b and 10-c from the agenda and stated it would be considered at the next Board Meeting.
The Mayor announced she was working on a new Community Gardens project in the Oak Park Elementary area along Holcomb Boulevard. It would include raised plots for the children to garden; the teachers will include lesson plans on nutrition. She also stated different organizations can sponsor the plots. Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to authorize the Mayor to approach the Ocean Springs School Board for support in the community gardens project.
Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman McDonnell and unanimously carried to authorize the allocation of $10,000.00 from the general fund FY11-12 and an additional $2,000.00 for janitorial services to the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center pending receipt of their revised By-laws submitted by November 1, 2011 (Exhibit 10-d).
Motion was made by Alderman Hagan, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to authorize up to $500.00 from Ward 6 Capital Improvement Account for the Rotary Club’s 5K Run to advertise the resources of the City.
Motion was made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Hagan and unanimously carried to authorize up to $1,000.00 from the Mayor’s Capital Improvement Account for the Community Garden project.
Motion was made by Alderman Cody, seconded by Alderman Hagan and unanimously carried to authorize to close Government Street to Handy Street until 10:00 p.m. for the Cruise In.
Alderman Cody asked the Planning Department to check brick pavers on the crosswalks at Porter, Washington and Government Streets.
Motion was made by Alderman McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Cody to authorize to spread on the minutes documents regarding Psycamore, LLC.
Motion was made by Alderman Gill, seconded by Alderman Hagan and unanimously carried to authorize up to $500.00 from Ward 1 Capital Improvement Account for the Community Garden project.
Alderman Gill plans on putting a bike path in Fort Bayou Estates subdivision.
Motion was made by Alderman Hagan, seconded by Alderman Cody 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 McDonnell, seconded by Alderman Hagan and unanimously carried to remain in executive session to discuss potential litigation regarding Highway 57 Ballfields project.
Motion was made by Alderman Denyer, seconded by Alderman Gill and unanimously carried to return to regular session.
Motion was made by Alderman Hagan, seconded by Alderman Denyer and unanimously carried to recess until 6:00 p.m. on September 20, 2011.
Meeting ended at 9:00 p.m.
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