On Sept. 16, Price City took steps that will further its ascent into the electronic age with the installation of a new check processing system. Checks taken by the city will be scanned and processed digitally through the Wells Fargo Back Office Conversion program (BOC).
BOC, as explained to the council, will be faster and more efficient because it eliminates much of the physical handling involved with payments. Once a check is scanned and electronically filed in the BOC file system, the physical check is destroyed and the customer is billed in a statement as a debit.
There was some minor discussion, because aspects of the system are relatively new. Mayor Joe Piccolo, who is inclined to understand the downsides of such a system, was informed by the Wells Fargo representative that there are none. However, limitations are present. While processing might occur three to four days faster than traditional standards, the system, on certain items, can only handle amounts up to $25,000.
Although the council gave its approval, BOC will not be in use for about a month. Check writers will have the option to op-out if desired.
In another area of the city's operations, the council voted to begin a search for a new parks and cemetery supervisor. However, Councilman Rich Davis was in opposition to the motion on the basis that not enough information was presented.
"I wanted to know what would this person be? Hands on? A manager? Everything? Or someone with a different outlook?" said Davis, by phone.
During the discussion, Mayor Piccolo was in favor of authorizing the new hire. He indicated that the city is operating with a slim staff already. According to a survey distributed through the department in question, most of the current employees were of the opinion that a supervisor is necessary.
"We can't ask our staff to do everything," said Councilwoman Kathy Smith. "That's not a good self-driving team."
While the mayor only briefly touched upon the issue of financial consideration, he noted that there will be inherent savings with the new hire. Davis said that fiscal considerations should always be considered regardless of the economic situation. As far as city crews were concerned, the issue of tree trimming once again arose because Councilwoman Smith informed council members that the Sign Edge's sign off 100 North was currently blocked from view by trees on the sidewalk.
"I think we should do more pruning. Then we wouldn't have this problem," said Smith.
The trees in question have since been trimmed by city crews, but some others on Second West have caused a sidewalk lift issue which the city will examine further.
To conclude, Councilman Richard Tatton reported that the Price River Water Improvement District (PRWID) has voted to absorb the Pinnacle Water Company and will now serve 20 additional homes. The council also voted to approve $58,000 to fix a floodgate with the power to award designated to public works.