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City set to eye credit card payments

By Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:20 PM

Life may soon get a little bit easier for Lebanon utility customers. 

City council is due to consider bids for credit card payment services for the city’s utilities department during council’s regular meeting set for Tuesday.

Currently, the city’s gas and water customers may only pay by check or cash.

Council will also consider a second reading of an ordinance to allow residents to make partial payments for property taxes.

Under the city’s existing procedure, if a resident sends a check for less than the full amount, the city assesses a late fee and returns the uncashed check to the resident. 

If the ordinance passes, the city would accept the partial payment and bill the remainder and any additional fees.

According to Mayor Philip Craighead, state law previously prohibited accepting partial payments, but that law has since changed. 

In other business, council will consider the following items:

• bids on second reading for electrical material to install a generator for the garage at public works.

• bids on second reading for one patch truck for the street department.

• bids on second reading for equipment for the new police vehicles.

• bids on second reading for surveying equipment for the stormwater department.

• a second reading to establish travel reimbursement regulations for city officials and city employees conducting official business.

• a second reading to appropriate funds to repair the railroad crossing on West Main Street.

• a second reading to change the property at 430 West Main Street from low-density residential to transitional office.

• a second reading to change a portion of an unaddressed property at the corner of South Hartmann Drive and Hickory Ridge Road from agricultural to highway business.

• a second reading to change the height limit in the highway business zoning district from five stories to seven stories.

• a first reading to establish lease amounts and a service fee for Row E T-Hangars at the Lebanon Municipal Airport.

• a resolution to approve state bills amending the city charter to increase purchasing limits.

• a first reading to amend the city’s Major Thoroughfare Plan by changing the Holloway Drive/Briskin Lane connection to a Legends Drive/Briskin Lane connection.

• a first reading to allocate funds to begin project design and engineering for the Beckwith Road connector and Legends Drive extension.

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