At Tuesday’s regularly scheduled Melissa City Council meeting, the speed limit on U.S. Highway 75 through Melissa was raised to 70 mph by the Council. The ordinance altering the speed limit comes after a speed study was done by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles through that corridor that found the current speed of 65 mph could safely be raised to 70 mph.

The Council also approved the final plat and the final engineering site plan of the Buc-ee’s addition located northeast of the intersection of Davis Road and U.S. Highway 75. The Council also approved an ordinance amendment modifying the previous site plan submitted for Buc-ee’s that adjusts the parking.

Fees for residential roof, fence, mechanical, electrical and plumbing permits were modified. The Council approved a modification to the fee schedule ordinance that will make it $80 for residents to get a permit rather than the current cost, which is an evaluation of the project.

“In the vast majority of the permits, this is going to make the permits cost less,” Tyler Brewer with code compliance said.

Another ordinance modification was made to the building and construction of fence repairs and replacements. Previously any fence repairs or replacements would require residents to get a permit.

“This modification would make it such that as long as the resident is using the same type of materials and the fence ends up looking the same,” Brewer said. “And if the fence repair is 24 linear feet or three panels worth or fewer, he or she would not have to get a permit to do that work.”

The Council denied the Hunter’s Ridge Homeowner’s Association request for a variance to allow the construction of a board fence on steel posts along Fannin Road.

Roxanne Ledbetter represented Hunter’s Ridge HOA at the meeting.

“Right now we have a brick wall — a brick fence that was built 18 years ago — and we’ve spent a little over $80,000 repairing it and it’s no longer feasible to repair it,” she said.

The variance requested would have allowed the HOA to replace the brick fence with a cedar board-on-board fence. The current city ordinance for masonry-screening walls does not allow the fence the HOA has proposed.

The Council did tell Ledbetter they plan on modifying the ordinance effecting masonry-screening fences and hope to have it on the agenda within the next two months. Until then Hunter Ridge will have to wait to build their fence.

The developer of the Aburndale division has attempted to negotiate for land use for an adjacent property for the development of the sanitary sewer line. The Council approved a resolution authorizing the city to acquire land under eminent domain for a permanent sanitary sewer easement needed for the subdivision. The land will be used to build the Telephone Road Sanitary Sewer Project.