Truesdale exploring accepting new payment option

Posted 11/7/19

By Tim Schmidt Record Managing Editor Truesdale is moving closer to accepting credit and debit cards from residents for payment of utility bills. Mary Lou Rainwater, city administrator/clerk, has …

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Truesdale exploring accepting new payment option


Record Managing EditorTruesdale is moving closer to accepting credit and debit cards from residents for payment of utility bills.Mary Lou Rainwater, city administrator/clerk, has recommended the city use a vendor called Court Money to process the payments. Mayor Murray Bruer updated other elected officials about the proposed payment option at the March 11 board of aldermen meeting. No decision was reached, but one could be made in April.Currently, the city can only accept payment by cash or check. Rainwater said the new payment option has had mixed reviewed in the past.“About 1 1/2 years ago we put out a survey, it was overwhelmingly not to do it,” she said. “We put it on the backburner. It comes up a lot during shutoff times. Someone that does not live in area, might want to pay by credit card. At this time, we cannot accept it.”Court Money offers the service at no cost to the city, Rainwater said. The service fee would be charged by the company to the credit or debit card user.She said Court Money is utilized by Wright City and Warren County.“It looks to me like it’s a better fit for our system,” Rainwater remarked. “They take care of everything. My question was how does the city collect a fee? Some cities say you can, some say you can’t. This way it’s all done through them.”In other news• City officials are reminding residents that if a water leak is detected they need to notify city hall and have it repaired within five days. The city said a large amount of water was recently lost at a property due to a leak after repairs were not made prior to the city reconnecting the service.A letter informing residents about the requirements to report leaks will be prepared.• The police department is holding off on purchasing body cameras for the immediate future. Instead, the department will look into purchasing memory cards that have a larger capacity for files. Bruer also suggested that the department look at cameras that allow content to be downloaded when police cars are close to the department facility.• The city is proceeding with some minor repairs to the sinks in the kitchen and bathroom in city hall. Public Works Director Gilbert Nordwald will purchase backsplash and tile for the project. Aldermen voted 4-0 to approve the expenditure.City of Truesdale