An update was given to the various projects the utilities department handles including how the new pool system gives 24-hour updates to the manager via his cell phone.
The council also approved a resolution allowing the City Manager to wave rental fees under certain circumstances. The request was made by the Ladies Auxiliary for the Volunteer Fire Department and a budget amendment to pay for training for the two new council members was approved.
A re-plat of Louis Griffin's property at 33 Lake Forest Drive was approved allowing Griffin to change the property from two lots to three lots. All three lots are of a size to build a home under the restrictions of MPR.
Christopher Simmons applied to operate a tattoo studio in MPR which was approved by the council. The vote was unanimous and Simmons was excited to be a part of the MPR community and spent time speaking with those attending after the meeting was over.
Ted Duffield was appointed Municipal Judge and Joe Dodd and Tory Webster were appointed to the Zoning Commission. Police officer Pierre Green was recognized by the council with a Mayoral proclamation for his years of service. Green, who is known for his quick smile, accepted a position with Temple Police Department. He was given a standing ovation.
MPR will also begin to solicit proposals for various services the city uses including pest control, aerobic septic system annual maintenance, fire extinguisher inspection, professional services, engineering, technology support and propane gas and various services the city does not handle internally.
The council approved the minutes from the meetings on May 14, May 20 and June 3. Thirty one books were added to the Mary Ruth Briggs Library with 53 volunteer hours served. The first of four summer reading days begins July 20.
Calls to respond were down in the month of May for the MPR Police Department. They had been averaging around 1,200 calls per month, but in May there were only 876. There were five arrests last month, up from one in April and three in March.