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October 24, 2014

Weaver approves card payment for water bills

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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 7:14 pm | Updated: 7:17 pm, Tue Aug 12, 2014.

WEAVER — Starting next month, residents here can pay their water bill at City Hall with a debit or credit card.

The City Council on Tuesday approved a contract with Birmingham-based Nexcheck to set up computers at City Hall to accept in-person payment. The city will pay the company $200 to set up the service, and residents will be charged a $2 handling fee per transaction when paying their bills. There will be no Internet or phone payments with the system, but customers can continue to pay through mail.

The contract is for one year, but can be terminated if fewer than 75 residents use the service in a month. Weaver City Clerk Teresa Dishman said a poll she conducted about the service on the city’s Facebook page indicated many residents were in favor of the new service.

The council on Tuesday also discussed possible grant plans to clean up the site of a former gas station on Main Street. Robin Caler, a principal planner with the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, said she would work with the city to secure a $200,000 grant for the property.

During public comment at the meeting, Weaver resident Greg Pierce raised concerns about the lack of attendance from councilmen Tim McRae and Les Hill, and requested the city make available attendance records for the year. Pierce said the council did not have a quorum at its last meeting in July, and Hill and McRae’s absence Tuesday meant it was close to not having enough voting members again Tuesday.

“No one made these gentlemen run for office,” Pierce said. “And I don’t think they’re serving the city if they’re not here.”

While Pierce was raising his concerns, McRae arrived and said he was often not at meetings because he worked two full-time jobs. He assured Pierce, however, that he was working for the city even when he wasn’t at council meetings.

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