After discussing the fees, Council member John Hart recommended increasing the fee to $2,000. Council president Frank Kessler suggested increasing the fee to $1,000. After more discussion Council member LeaAnn Herron made the motion to increase the fee to $1,100. All of the remaining members agreed with Herron voting 3-0 to pass the price increase.
In other Council news:
• The Council set the rules and guidelines for the newly installed Town sign on the corners of State Road 205 and U.S Highway 33. The sign will be used to communicate Town information. Nonprofits and service organizations information will also be included on the sign. No commercial or personal information messages will be posted. The sign will be updated every Wednesday with the deadline for information being Tuesday at the close of business. Messages can be turned in at the Government Building on South Main Street.
• Clerk-Treasurer Gerri Johnson told the Council of her inquiry to accept credit and debit cards for payment at the water department.
Johnson said that she talked with a company called Pay.gov. The firm will handle all of the credit and debit card transactions with no cost to the Town. Pay.gov would also accept on-line and 1-800 payments as well. Some of the area towns using the program include Columbia City and Avilla.
Johnson suggested this as a way to accept electronic payments with the customer paying the fees. It would cost a customer $3.00 if the payment was made at the Clerk’s office, $3.95 if paid on-line, and $4.95 if using the 1-800 service.
Council asked Johnson to collect more information about the service before voting on its use.
• Trick or Treat hours this year will be on October 31 from 6-8 p.m.
The next regular scheduled Council meeting is on Wednesday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.