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Winfield City Hall welcomes 2018 with new electronic payment system

Jan 15, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The city of Winfield is moving into the 21st Century as they begin accepting debit and credit card payments online and at their city office.

The city will be purchasing a payment processing system through Iowa Interactive for $125. City officials said they made the choice to begin taking electronic payments in conjunction with the upcoming launching of a new city website. For each transaction, customers will have a 2.35 percent fee from the credit card company plus an extra $1.50 fee from Iowa Interactive.

During their city council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11, Mayor Chris Finnell welcomed new council members Jennifer Wade and Richard Landerdale in addition to giving an update on the Telepharmacy and discussing the cost of summer roadwork.

The Telepharmacy building, which was formerly a plumber shop, will need some remodeling. There is not yet an estimate on how much the remodeling will cost as the city still is waiting on bids to come in. The remodeling will include creating a retail area and making it uniform with how the pharmacist wants it created.

The council also heard a 2018 Seal Coat proposal from L.L. Pelling. The cost of seal coat on city roads will cost 10 percent more per square yard this year from last year’s contract.

In other news, the council approved an encroachment easement during a special session meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 3. The agreement was that the city will only be responsible for 20 feet of roadway that goes between grain dryers and the office building at 402 E. Ash.

As Prairie Ag. Co-op is in the process of selling the building at that location, the city wanted to ensure they would not be responsible for the full roadway in the future, city clerk Angie Oepping said.

The council also will be getting a new TV in their chambers, approving spending up to $1,000 for a 50-inch smart TV, including cables and a mount, to be used for presentations. Oepping said having the TV will be especially beneficial when presenting budgets or looking at site maps. This will cut down on handouts during meetings and will enable the council to research anything they have questions about.

The council will hold a budget workshop at their next meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14. A public hearing regarding the budget is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14.

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