Melissa City Council met Tuesday night to discuss a contract with Freese and Nichols, Inc., a contract with DN Tanks, an amendment to personnel policies and procedures and to approve the purchase of new vehicles for the Melissa Police Department.

Council passed a resolution authorizing the city manager to execute a contract between the city and Freese and Nichols Inc. to update the city’s comprehensive plan. Freese and Nichols Inc. are composed of industrial professionals who consult cities across the country and offer cost-effective approaches to public works projects. The city’s current comprehensive plan was drafted seven years ago in the midst of the national economic crisis of 2007, which affected the planning and zoning. The city will work closely with employees of Freese and Nichols to revise Melissa’s comprehensive plan to reflect the current economic climate.

Council carried a resolution authorizing the city manager to execute a contract with DN tanks and the city for the Melissa road water take point ground storage reservoir project. DN Tanks designs and constructs pre-stressed underground concrete water tanks. The project cost is $729,402 and will involve the installation of a pump station and new underground potable water tank as the current tank is nearing the end of its 20-25 year lifespan.

The City of Melissa will amend Section 2-08 of the city’s Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, which concerns benefits for part- and full-time city employees. The amendment will revise the section to incorporate the medical benefits made available through the Affordable Care Act. Currently, the number of city employees is less than 50, which is not enough for the city to be obligated to comply with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The amendment was proposed in anticipation for an increase in city employee numbers.

Council approved the purchase of a 2014 Ford Interceptor and a 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe for The police department. The vehicles and the equipment necessary to outfit them for police use are included in the current year budget. MPD Chief Duane Smith addressed the council and outlined the department’s need for new vehicles as a number of their vehicles, which have performed beyond the expectations of the department, are quickly approaching a state which Smith said would make them unsuitable for police use. The department should have use of the new vehicles in coming months and the retired vehicles will be auctioned.

Council recessed into closed session to consult with the city attorney regarding any legal issues concerning the city’s comprehensive plan and to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease and/or value or real estate property West Melissa Road. Council discussed in closed session the city manager’s annual goals before reconvening to discuss actions necessary as a result of the meeting and then adjourning.