Bowie Council Considers Credit Card Fees, Energy Renovation Project – Bowie News
Credit card charges for municipal bills and infrastructure work are just some of the topics scheduled for the March 14 meeting of Bowie City Council which begins at 6 p.m. in council chambers.
During the last council session, City Manager Bert Cunningham reported last year that the city had incurred nearly $93,000 in credit card payment processing fees as the customer paid their bills. In the past, however, the council has rejected all charges, as charges continue to rise. Cunningham said he was preparing a recommendation for review.
There will be a discussion to raise $72,000 from the infrastructure fund for the south side sewer project that will replace a collapsed pipe. Councilors will also return to Honeywell’s energy retrofit proposal and decide whether the city will participate. The company has proposed a plan to fund the replacement of aging HVAC units, various controls and systems across city operations that can improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs, which in turn are used to pay the financing.
Honeywell estimated a program of half a million, however, if the council decided to carry out an “investment grade audit” which would define all the costs. It would then be up to the city to decide, after receiving this audit, to go ahead with the overall project. If the city declines after the audit shows positive savings, it would pay a “break fee” of $19,000 and if no positive savings are found, Honeywell would not sue it.
A resolution to submit a grant application to the Nortex Regional Planning Commission for a regional solid waste grant program will be presented, along with four parks board appointments.
In the City Manager’s Report, the following topics will be reviewed: Collection Grant, Solid Waste Grant, Hospital Emergency Room, Public Utilities Commission Workshop, South Side Sewer Tender Opening, audit meeting, company meeting and credit card charges.