The Melissa City Council met Tuesday night to accept the resignation of a P&Z board member, issue a proclamation for the month of March, receive the city audit for the fiscal year 2013, discuss current ordinances related minors’ curfew and award a contract for the US 75 utility relocation project.
Council accepted the resignation of Ron Hogsett, formerly of the Melissa Public Library Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The month of March was officially designated by the city as "March for Meals" in a joint effort with Meals on Wheels, a federal government nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older.
"I urge every citizen to take time this month to honor our senior nutrition programs, the seniors they serve and the volunteers who care for them. Our recognition of the involvement in the national 2014 March for Meals campaign can enrich our entire community," said Mayor Reed Greer.
The city audit for the fiscal year 2013 was presented to the council by Nick Evans of Evans, Pingleton, Howard and Company, a certified personal accounting firm based out of Frisco. Evans gave a detailed and informative rundown of Melissa’s finances which painted a bright picture of the city’s economic climate. At the end of every audit performed by the company, a written summary is presented to its clients.
"That letter outlines anything we need to bring to your attention, that arises to the level that we feel is noteworthy, that we may have discovered during the audit, this year there are no such items, we encountered no problems during the audit," said Evans.
Council conducted a public hearing to address any concerns involving the modification, abolishment or continuance of the curfew for minors established for the city. Melissa Police Department Chief Duane Smith delivered the mandatory three-year update as defined by the Texas Family Code. Smith reported 15 curfew violations since the last annual report. Council approved the continuance of the current ordinances regarding curfew for the city’s minors. The curfew currently set in place allows exceptions for minors who are employed, engaged in school or church activities which would involve them being out after hours, accompanied by their legal guardians, and travelers pass through.
The council approved a contract in the amount of $986,088 to Wright Construction Company for the US 75 relocation of utilities project.