Richwood officials presented with online payment options

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At Monday’s Richwood Village Council meeting, fiscal officer Sarah Sellers presented members of council with four new options to accept online credit card payments.
The village already accepts online credit card payments for services like water and sewer.
The village, however, incurs all of the cost to use the service.
The online service will be provided through PayStar and the new option will charge a flat rate fee of $3 per credit card transaction.
Of that flat rate fee, the village can split the cost however it chooses to do so. Council member Reddy Brown said the village has been “eating all of the cost,” but in surveying other communities it seems that customers don’t have an issue paying $1 to use the service.
“It seems like customers would pay $1,” Brown said. “We would save money, (Sellers’) time and we would be giving the customers something they want.”
The village would pay the remaining $2 expense.
In May, Richwood had 147 credit card transactions, which the village paid for all the service fees associated with the payments.
Sellers said she has seen many people using it in the evening after 4 p.m. when the office is closed.
“We also see (credit card payments) on the night of when the bills are due to avoid our 10% late fee,” she said.
The fee would also have to be applied to anyone who wanted to make a credit card payment over the phone, according to Sellers. The fee would be applied to every credit card transaction regardless of how the customer presents payment.
The village will also offer additional services through PayStar. According to Sellers, payment for other services like rental of shelter houses at the Richwood Lake Park can be made through PayStar, but the same flat rate fee will be applied.
In other business, council announced it is working with Marysville-based attorney and village solicitor Allison Boggs to determine procedures for a payment plan for overdue water bills.
There are currently 41 accounts that are on the village’s shut-off list. The village has waived $220.14 in late fees, but as of July 10 the Environmental Protection Agency lifted waiving late fees and shut offs due to the current pandemic.
In other business:
-Monte Asher, village administrator, hired Spencer Hastings, pending a physical, drug screening and background check, to fill a public service position.
-Asher, who is also the police chief, has interviewed four part-time applicants to help fill a position while Officer Cody Martindale, who was injured on the job, is off.
-Council received $14,667.54 back from previously paid real estate taxes on properties that should have been tax exempt.
-Asher gave council an overview of all maintenance that has been done in the village since the previous meeting.
The list is as follows: trimmed trees and repaired alleys in village, replaced toilets at the park in the women’s restroom, installed new toilets at the waste water plant, conducted preventative maintenance on sewer lines from South Franklin St., to East Bomford and Race streets, cleaned the catch basin for the storm line on West Bomford St., ordered a pump for the Pearl Street lift station and replaced a wench on the village water truck.
The next Richwood village council meeting will take place Monday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.



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