At Tuesday’s regularly scheduled city council meeting, the Melissa City Council approved two bond sales worth more $9 million, the bonds were approved by voters back in 2007 in the Transportation Bond Election.

Combination Tax and Limited Surplus Revenue Certificates of Obligation were issued for $3.95 million to BOK Financial Service who had the lowest average interest rate bid of 3.07 percent.

“The certifications of obligation will fund three projects,” City Manager Jason Little said. “They will fund the construction of Throckmorton, State Highway 5 to Milrany Lane, they will fund the city’s portion of the Green Ribbon Grant Program from TxDOT that we received. They will also fund the purchase of land for city facilities.”

In General Obligation bonds, $3.95 million was issued with a 2.94 percent interest rate.

“The GO bonds almost complete the 2017 Transportation Bond Election approved by the voters,” Little said. “The GO bonds specifically will fund the construction of Davis road from US 75 to Fannin Road and Fannin Road from State Highway 5 to just south of Melissa Road.”

The Council adopted a new fence permit policy for fences being rebuilt after a severe thunderstorm. The Severe Thunderstorm Residential Permitting Policy would change the way permits are reviewed. Instead of Bureau Veritas reviewing the permit and inspecting the fence it would be done internally by city staff.

“Since they’re smaller projects that don’t require as extensive inspections and not incurring Bureau Veritas plan review and inspection costs, we would waive the cost of the permit free for the resident,” Tyler Brewer with the city’s utility billing department said. “This would expedite the process and give the resident a little relief.”

Residents will no longer be charged a permit fee if they meet the policy’s requirements. The storm that damages the fence must be a severe thunderstorm as defined by the National Weather Service, which says a severe thunderstorm must produce hail that is at least 1 inch in diameter or have wind gusts of 58 mph or greater, and/or a tornado.

Residents can no longer own roosters within city limits after the council approved an amendment to the city’s ordinances.

Before the change residents could own up to 12 fowl on a property, including one rooster. Residents will still be able to own fowl but now they must all be hens.

“I want you to pay particular attention to the conflicts section and what this says is that if an HOA has rules also governing chickens on the property within HOA boundaries the more strict rule will apply,” Little said.

A resolution amending the Melissa Community and Economic Development Corporation’s By-Laws was approved that would reduce the number of sitting members from nine to seven and change the five members needed to establish a quorum to only four members.

The Council also approved the purchase of approximately 25 acres located in the Jacob Gragg Survey.