He explained both debit and credit card transactions cost the city money and indicated local lawmakers are authorized to charge up to a 5-percent surcharge.
The 4-percent charge would allow the city to recoup its expenses and maintain the necessary hardware to continue offering debit- and credit-card payments.
To avoid paying extra, Moran said payments made by cash, check and bank drafts will not include the charge.
Council members voted to approve the ordinance, which will go into effect 60 days after its passage to give residents prior notice of the change.
Spring Hill lots sold to developer
After soliciting bids last month for the sale of five lots in the Spring Hill addition, City Manager Lance Howerton said the city received a single bid in the amount of $73,500 from Benchmark Construction.
Since the bid meets the minimum bid price included in the specification, Howerton recommended awarding Benchmark the sale.
He said the initiative should result in the construction of five new local residences, which would add both taxable property value and additional utility revenue to the city.
Forthcoming dealership receives waiver
In response to a request by the Khoury Group, which is in the process of establishing a new automobile dealership at the intersection of N.E. 40th Avenue and U.S. Highway 180 East, council members voted to grant a conditional encroachment waiver for the use of right-of-way space.
The dealership requested the use to construct a short pipe fence within the west right-of-way of N.E. 40th Avenue, Howerton said, and the waiver would allow the city to rescind its initial approval if necessary.