At Tuesday’s regularly scheduled Melissa City Council Meeting, Mayor Pro-Tem Tom Stevens of Place 5 resigned from his seat.

After the meeting Stevens said he is resigning because he plans to move outside of Melissa.

“We’re moving out of Melissa closer to family, activities, closer to my work,” he said.

Stevens served two years of his three year term. He was elected to Place 5 in May of 2015.

“This was my first venture into serving the community,” he said.

A special election will be held on May 6 in conjunction with the Melissa Schools board of trustees election.

Stevens said he picked now to resign so his vacancy could be put on the May ballot and cost taxpayers less money than if the city was forced to hold a separate election.

During the meeting, the council approved the use of fireworks at the June 24 Celebration of Freedom event organized by the Melissa Chamber of Commerce.

The council approved to donate $10,000 toward the event to pay for fireworks.

A 40-year lease agreement between the city and Melissa Independent School District was approved that would allow Melissa ISD to lease the new baseball and softball fields currently being constructed in the sports complex.