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Nitro to offer automatic withdrawal option for city fees

By Norman Cannada

NITRO, W.Va. -- Nitro residents will soon have the option of paying their monthly municipal fees through an automatic withdrawal from their bank accounts.

City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to offer the option to residents beginning Nov. 1. Mayor Dave Casebolt said the measure would make paying more convenient and likely increase collection of the fees.

He said the option would likely cost the city about $450 but that more than that would be saved in a decrease in paper billing and an increase in collections.

"We're hoping we'll have 1,000 to 1,500 people take advantage of it," Casebolt said.  

City Treasurer John Young said the mayor's goal would represent about 20 percent of total fees owed each month. City residents are charged $25 a month to help cover fire and police protection, trash pickup, paving and other projects.

Bank account information will be securely protected, Young said. Once the city's website is up and running, he would also like for residents to be able to pay online via credit or debit card.

The council appointed a committee Tuesday night to open bids for the website and make a recommendation to the council at a later meeting.

In other business, Capt. Mark Jarrett of the city fire department reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating the death of an employee of AC and S Chemical Plant.  

The unidentified man was rushed to the hospital while on the job June 25 and died several days later. Jarrett said the man died after inhaling dangerous gases. He said the OSHA investigation would likely take several months.

According to the AC and S website, the company manufactures a variety of chemicals, including pharmaceutical components, epoxy curing agents, petroleum dyes and biodiesel.

City Council approved $500 to help Andrew Jackson Middle School student Logan Smith attend the Presidential Inauguration Conference in Washington, D.C. Jan. 19-23.  

The conference is designed to teach students from around the nation about the political process through hands-on opportunities. It will run at the same time as the Presidential Inauguration Jan. 20.


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