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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 7.3 Chapter 7 Public Services and Facilities Plan Existing and Future Services and Facilities City Administration Melissas City administration services are currently operated out of the new City Hall center which is located along State Highway 5. The new City Hall center opened in 2010 upgraded the Citys offices addressed the need for more room and contains room for future growth. The City has 29 total full-time employees of which 23 are housed at the City Hall. Library Services and Facilities Citizens of Melissa are provided library service through the Melissa Public Library. The library is centrally located within the City Hall area near Highway 5 as shown in Figure 7-1. The library currently has approximately 3500 square feet of building space. The American Library Association ALA standard for library space in relation to population is 0.75 square feet per library patron which is the standard used for many cities in Texas to make decisions regarding library service. Table 7-1 shows square footage projected for the anticipated future population based on a slightly decreased amount of square footage per library patron than what the ALA recommends. Population projections are discussed within the Future Land Use Plan Chapter 3. This decreased ratio is likely more applicable because not every person in Melissa will ultimately use the library. Important to note in this discussion is that the phrase library service has changed in recent years. It is no longer adequate to provide only books and other traditional research materials. Libraries need to be more diverse with computer and internet related services as well. So when library services are discussed herein the discussion is intended to encompass these newer technology-related services. Table 7-1. Library Square Footage Needs based on Population Basis and Needs Current Square Footage 2014 2025 2030 Ultimate Population 2000 square feet 7755 22127 35635 119072 Square Footage Needed Based on Revised ALA Standard of 0.5 Square Feet per Population 3878 11063 17818 59536