The Grafton City Council has approved online utilities payment.
Grafton selected Payment Service Network to set it up.
The payment chosen is Option Two, in which the city will pay the
fee for e-check payments by customers. If customers use credit cards
to pay their utility bill, the customers will also pay the credit card fee.
City Administrator Nick Ziegelmann told KXPO it'll cost a total of
444-dollars for setup and operation. Here's the breakdown. There's an initial
set up fee of $199. Payment Service Network charges an annual fee of
89-dollars to run the online utility bill paying service and a monthly fee of
13-dollars for every PSN account. After the initial set up fee of $199,
the City of Grafton will pay $245 per year for the online utility bill-paying
Ziegelmann expects the online bill-paying service will be available
around June first.
The Grafton City Council Monday evening also directed Ziegelmann
and City Attorney Nick Hall to amend the city ordinance to cut the number of
wards to four. The council liked a ward realignment option that had clearer
borderlines between the four proposed wards. Ziegelmann says the council
will revert to four ward seats and four at-large seats. The deadline to get this
done is 2016 but Ziegelmann says he wants to get this done sometime this
Right now Grafton has five wards and five at-large seats for ten
councillors total. That number will be cut to eight.