Card talk at Council

STANHOPE – The Stanhope City Council had a busy meeting at its regular session Tuesday, addressing agenda items that included a discussion on the possibility of using debit/credit cards for payment of utility bills, resolution of damage to park bathrooms, and approval of markings on the town parking lot.

City Clerk Jessica Murray told the council that while utility customers can now pay their bills with cash or check, there is interest in paying those bills with credit cards or debit cards. The service is not available now, but the council directed Murray to investigate options for setting up that service in the city office.

Recently there was vandalism to the bathrooms in the town park, with repairs amounting to $600. The juveniles involved have confessed and have done some community service work in the park. Discussion among council members centered on whether to bill their parents for repair costs or whether the juveniles should work off that amount in town park maintenance. Because the council is unsure as to whether the case is now in the juvenile court system, further action on how to proceed was tabled.

The restrooms are repaired but will be kept locked except for Wednesday afternoons and evenings and Watermelon Day.

In other business on Tuesday, minor trouble spots with the recent Highway 17 resurfacing in town were discussed, to be reviewed with a DOT representative. In a related matter, there was a report on planned markings for the newly blacktopped town parking lot.

Also, Bradley Anderson of Stanhope was approved as a new member of the local fire department.