|8/15/2019 2:28:00 PM|
TF Council gets good sidewalk bid; ok's electronic bill payments
Sidewalk repairs scheduled for this summer in Taylors Falls will still be done, with an acceptable bid awarded Monday this week to local business Lawrence Creek Contracting, for aboout $36,000, the lowest of three prices received. The sidewalks to be done include at the community center-- which was bid out last year but there wasn’t time to get it done.
The 44 feet by Casey’s and parking lot, and 900 some feet from Springs Inn up the hill to West Street are the other two project locations.
In another maintenance chore, the access doors to the fire hall, both upper and lower, are rusting and showing wear and tear. These were also approved forreplacement on a quote of $5,313 by Second Generation, Lindstrom.
And-- electronic payments for city hall fees is moving forward. The city clerk Elizabeth Nealley said she is hearing from residents who would prefer to pay bills on the Internet or with debit and credit cards. This will also make it more convenient for snowbirds who still have to pay quarterly fees, etc. It might cut back on overdue payments.
The company GovPayNet handles everything and covers its costs with small surcharges for the equipment (credit card reader at city hall, etc) Utility bills would have an extra 2.6 percent tacked on, and all other types a four percent surcharge. (Pet license, rental for community center, permits.)
Council was unanimous in support, saying it is voluntary and appears to be a good idea. The electronic payment system will be ready as soon as the processing is set up and staff is trained.
Tires for fire engine #1 had been an agenda item, but Council Fire Dept. Liaison MaryJo Murphy had it pulled, saying the tires will be in the 2020 budget considerations instead.