McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council will consider approval of an agreement, Monday evening, that would allow citizens to pay their utility bills with credit or debit cards.
The Payport program, provided by Nebraska.gov, would give citizens the option to pay via debit or credit cards by paying a 2.49 percent fee. The fee equates to $1.75 on an average $70 water, sewer and trash bill.
Citizens who had a shutoff notice and bill of $225 would pay a $5.60 fee, which city staff points out is much less than the $50 reconnect fee.
The Payport program city council will consider, Monday evening, 7:30 p.m., during their regularly scheduled meeting at Memorial Auditorium, is already being utilized by the Red Willow County Clerk's Office. The clerk's office communicated to city staff that they were very pleased with the process.
The program requires the city to purchase the actual card reader, for a one time fee of $100. Similar programs had monthly or per transaction fees that would have been charged back to the city and in-turn increased expenses.
An interlocal agreement between the City of McCook and Red Willow County, detailing the terms of the County's use of the city jail facility, will also be considered during Monday's meeting. The one-year agreement sets Dec. 18, 2012, as the date the county will begin jail operations at the West B Street location. The agreement includes a one-year extension option for the county.
According to the meeting agenda the county will use the police and fire area and the city will utilize the bay area with corresponding parking on the north and to the east. The county will provide a $4,000 deposit to the city and be responsible for all utilities and liability insurance. The city will pay for property insurance.
The City Council has scheduled an executive session for the annual evaluation of the job performance of City Manager Jeff Hancock. Hancock's employment agreement will subsequently be considered for approval, as will his salary and compensation package. The salary and compensation package has been recommended to have the three reading rule suspended at approval.
An ordinance implementing the reduction in the occupation tax on telephone land lines, approved by councilors with the 2012-13 city budget, will be considered for approval. The ordinance will reduce the tax from 3 percent to 1.5 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
A public hearing is scheduled to discuss an application from Smokers Outlet for a Class D liquor license to sell beer, wine and distilled spirits. Councilors will subsequently consider their recommendation to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission pertaining to the application. City staff has recommended approval.
Other items on the consent and regular agenda:
* An ordinance which authorizes the McCook City Council to issue a temporary ban on fireworks within city limits will be considered for its second of three required readings. The ordinance would not prohibit local sales of fireworks or the annual Fourth of July fireworks display, put on at Red Willow County Fairgrounds.
* A claim for damages from Bradford S. Hershberger and Hershberger Music Co. will be received and forwarded on to the city's insurance carrier. The claims seeks $884 to cover moisture removal costs stemming from a city water line that backed up into the business' basement in September.
* Zoll Medical Corp. of Burlington, Massachusetts, is recommended to be awarded the bid for three cardiac monitor/defibrillators, which came in at $81,295, more than $7,000 below the budgeted amount.
* Great Plains Communications has requested to occupy city right of way for the installation of underground fiber optic cable and coax cable at two locations. The first request pertains to the installation of underground cable across West Fourth Street, just north of West C Street, relating to the new Municipal Facility. The second request pertains to the installation of underground cable under old U.S. Highway 6 and 34, just South of West B Street, relating to Plains Equipment.
* Bid specifications for ballpark concessions at the Jaycees Ball Complex and Felling Field will be considered for approval. The date to received the bids by is recommended to be set at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2012.
* Bid specifications for two new police package or special service vehicles for use by the police department will be considered. The purchase of these vehicles was approved in the 2012-13 budget.
* Bid specifications for one four-wheel drive loader for the city street department will be considered. $130,000 was budgeted for this purchase in the 2012-13 budget and the vehicle will replace a 1997 Case 621B, which will be traded in as part of the purchase.
* The McCook Area Chamber of Commerce has requested approval to conduct their Annual Christmas Light Parade at 6 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2012, as well as the flying in of Santa at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport at 10 a.m. and the use of a fire truck for Santa's transportation in the 6 p.m. parade.
* The McCook Area Chamber of Commerce has requested a special liquor license for a 5:30 p.m. mixer at Quality Urgent Care on Dec. 12, 2012.