Springville City Hall

SPRINGVILLE – Water and sewer customers will soon be able to pay their utility bills online after the council unanimously approved a proposed contract with Nexcheck, a financial service company in Birmingham.

“I’ve had a lot of people ask me about this in my district,” said Councilwoman Sherry Reaves.

Officials said the service will not cost the city any money, but there will be a small fee for customers who use it. Fees range from $1.50 to 2.5 percent of the total bill, depending on the amount charged to their checking account or debit or credit card.

“I’m definitely in favor of it,” said Mayor William “Butch” Isley before the council approved the contract.

Isley said he was one of those “Old Timers” who does things the old way.

“I know this is new age,” he said. “It brings in money easier and quicker.”

Earl Peoples, the utilities supervisor for the city, said a lot of water systems use Nexcheck, so customers can pay their bills by phone or over the internet.

The council voted in favor of the contract after city attorney James Hill III said the deal with Nexcheck is a standard contract that he has review several times and had no problems with.

Chris Bishop, who spearheaded the efforts to find a company to provide the utilities payment service, said he interview four companies.

He said the service can expand to the city’s municipal court system.

In other matters at Monday night’s council meeting, the council:

O Approved an ordinance designating Feb. 23-25 as a Severe Weather Sales Tax Holiday in Springville. People will be able buy certain severe weather items without being charged municipal sales and use tax;

O Approved rescheduling the Monday, Jan. 1, and Monday, Jan. 15, meetings to 6 p.m., on Thursdays, Jan. 4 and Jan. 18, because of the New Year’s Day and  Martin Luther King Jr. holidays;

O Approved contributing $390.27 to the Springville Chamber of Commerce to pay for shipping costs to send more than 200 pounds of Christmas supplies/gifts to local area soldiers stationed overseas; and

O Approved proclaiming the week of Jan. 21 as National School Choice Week.