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City to convert billing software

November 15, 2012
By Jason Raiche - staff writer ( , Daily Press

GLADSTONE - The Gladstone City Commission has approved a resolution regarding a loan for converting the city's utility billing software. The action was taken during a recent city commission meeting.

According to Gladstone City Manager Darla Falcon, the city's budget for this fiscal year, which was approved in March, had proposed changing the utility billing software from the former BS&A software program to NorthStar.

The resolution approved during the meeting was for a WPPI member energy efficiency & renewable energy loan to convert the utility billing over to the new software.

"The whole loan came to $47,350 and this loan program is allowing us to borrow that money, finance it over 10 years at zero percent with a 1 percent origination fee," explained Falcon.

Falcon said the new utility billing software provides more information on utility bills, such as giving residents a comparison of usage to previous months. It will also eventually allow residents to go online and provide a more user-friendly approach to paying utility bills online. The city hopes to have this online portion up and running by Jan. 1.

Falcon also noted the city received a letter from the Michigan Department of Treasury notifying them of four write-ups in its audit, which she said is due to a capacity issue with staff.

Because of this, the commission allowed for the hiring of a part-time cashier to alleviate an employee currently working at the window to help in the treasury department.

In other business, the commission:

approved closing North 11th Street, as well as Delta Avenue from 10th to 11th Street, on Nov. 23 for the annual Old Fashion Christmas event.

approved the rezoning of two local businesses located at 103 N. 12th St. and 408 N. 10th St. to an I-1 industrial area.

awarded an RFP bid to U.P. Engineers & Architects regarding engineering consulting services for the creation of a Sports Park Master Plan in the park's three areas - the ski hill, ball fields, and an area of vacant land designated as recreational use only.

cancelled its Dec. 24 regular meeting.



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