Members of the City of Melissa staff have begun preparations for the inaugural City Capabilities Fair, an evening in which residents have an opportunity to visit City Hall and become familiar with the variety of services provided by the City.

The City Capabilities Fair is set for Tuesday, April 23 starting at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 3411 Barker Avenue. Parking is available along Surrey Street and Scott Street, which form the boundaries of the City Hall complex.

The fair serves as a prelude to that evening’s City Council meeting, held on the second floor of City Hall. The

start of the City Council meeting at 6 p.m. will signal the end of the fair. During the fair, each City department will have an exhibit space where staff members will share information with visitors, explaining the department’s primary mission along with some of the lesser known services offered by the departments. Staff will also be available to answer questions from residents.

“While the staff will attempt to provide complete answers to any questions posed to them, there may be instances when responses may require further research,” says City Manager Jason Little. “In those cases, staff members will obtain the resident’s contact information and follow up with the information they seek.”

The fair is designed to give residents a snapshot of the full array of services that the City provides. Residents wishing to get a deeper understanding of a particular department have the opportunity to visit with the appropriate staff and become better informed on that topic.

“Residents may have interacted with police officers, firefighters and the occasional public works employee,” he said. “But there are quite a few other areas where we have an important bearing on residents’ lives. The City Capabilities Fair is an opportunity for residents to see a side of the City that they would not normally encounter.”

The City’s departments with information booths include Police, Fire, Public Works, Development Services, Economic Development, Code Compliance, Parks and Recreation, Library, Municipal Court, Utility Billing, and Communication.

Residents who visit each department exhibit space, obtaining signatures from each booth’s staff, and provide their contact information, will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to an area restaurant.