The newly enacted fees are as follows: 25 cents per page for black and white copies; $1 per page for color copies; 50 cents per page for faxing; 10 cents per page for scan to email; $2 per credit card transaction; $30 returned check fee; $15 an inquiry for municipal assessment letters; $10 an hour, plus the cost of copies, for research in excess of 30 minutes; and $15 per CD of records.
This item was tabled from the council’s last meeting pending review of charges associated with the cost of copies and scans to email. City Clerk Patricia Carden said all fees were brought in line with those that B.B. Comer Memorial Library and the Parks and Recreation Department charge for similar services.
The only fee that drew discussion during a work session preceding the council meeting was the $10 per hour charge for research exceeding 30 minutes.
“Isn’t that what we’re there for is to research things like that?” Mayor Doug Murphree asked Carden. “I’m just asking. You’re saying 30 minutes of research is all you should get for free?”
Carden said it “depends on how much time you want an employee to spend looking for something,” but most things are found within 30 minutes. “State code says you can charge,” she added. “Everything is public record, but not your time to look for it.”
In other business, the council:
O Set a public hearing for March 5 at 9 a.m. to consider annexation of six properties.
O Accepted recommendations from City Hall Improvement project manager Mike Whetstone to award a metal framing project to H&B Builders for $13,450 and to authorize purchase of cabinets for the fire department radio room costing $6,800.
O Authorized $30 payment to Kali Marie Patrick for court-ordered restitution.
O Approved expenses for police Sgt. Matt Emlich, Inspector Mike Whetstone, Police Officer Harry Brown Jr. and Lt. Rondell Muse to attend various training courses.
O Authorized payments totaling $393,465 for December accounts payable and payments totaling $379,190 for December payrolls.
O Approved December financial statements and all checks and transfers.
O Heard from Pastor Ross Reddick, who asked for an update on the proposed moratorium on payday and title loan businesses. Council President Rocky Lucas told him that topic would be on the council’s next meeting agenda.
O Heard Chamber of Commerce director Carol Bates announce there were more than 23,000 entries in the holiday shopping promotion, which accounted for $460,000 spent at local businesses in Sylacauga during the Christmas season.
O Heard Murphree recognize Lt. Ryan and Sgt. Blair of the National Guard Delta Company.
O Authorized Murphree to sign an easement for property located at 6 East Second St.
O Approved a request from prosecutor Dale Price and city attorney Win Livingston for the city to pay dues of $75 each for membership to the Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys.
O Approved expenses of $4,272 to Home Depot for required fencing at the airport per FAA regulations.
The council’s next regular meeting is Feb. 5 at 9 a.m.
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