Melissa officials review year 2021

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Melissa officials tout new businesses entering area in year end review.

In a letter to residents dated Dec. 28, Melissa officials touted the city’s accomplishments throughout 2021.  According to them, neither the pandemic nor the winter storm could deter the city’s progress. 

“Amid the deep uncertainties that seemed to swirl around the dawning of 2021, the City of Melissa continued on a path of undeterred progress, resuming the torrid pace of its anticipated development begun before the pandemic took hold,” the letter began. “In an unmistakable sign of the City’s healthy rebound from the previous year’s pandemic-induced slowdown, the number of permits for single family structures skyrocketed to a new record. The City ended the 2021 fiscal year with 925 permits issued, the most in recent history and an indication of the continuing strength of Melissa’s residential draw.” 

Among the successes cited over the past years were the openings of Braum’s, Golden Chick, Taco Bell, Wingstop, Jersey Mike’s, George’s Coffee, and Sunview Café. In addition, Bietsch Orthodontics, Community Med Family Urgent Care, Goldfish Pediatric, and Urgent Care, as well as Melissa United Methodist Church, Caliber Collision, Pinnacle Montessori School, and Eternity Nail Bar.  

The letter also spoke about how the widening of the intersection of State Highway 121 and Miller Road will make the area primed for redevelopment.  The city has purchased the site formerly occupied by Kim’s Korner convenience store and will work with the city’s economic development corporation to spur future development. 

Melissa’s response to the February winter storm was also highlighted in the four-page letter, including its disaster response plan and to subsequently pass rules limiting water bills for those who had pipe leaks. 

Other aspects highlight by city officials included the continuing construction of the city’s new water storage tank, the portion of Melissa Road between State Highway5 and State Highway 121 and other road infrastructure and parks projects. The library had significant upgrades and the city’s finances are in good shape. Plans are also progressing to revitalize the downtown area and construct a new public safety facility. 

“Though the uncertainties that marked the beginning of 2021 presented daunting challenges to Melissa staff, volunteers, and Council, the city nevertheless continued to move steadily forward, bolstered by the knowledge that residents continue to be in full support of their efforts,” the letter concluded. 

The full text of the city’s year in review letter can be found on the City of Melissa website.