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Ludowici starts taking payments on cards
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The Ludowici City County voted April 14 to start accepting credit and debit cards for payments. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
More council business

Also on Tuesday, the council:
• Voted to send a letter to Leroy Dunmas asking him to clean up property he owns on South McDonald Road.
• Requested the city clerk gather more information on the Telemon Corp. about a summer work program being implemented in the city.
• Made plans to get with the city attorney and decide whether Ludowici could sponsor a youth to attend the summer 4-H camp.
The City of Ludowici now accepts payments on credit and debit cards.
At the April 14 Ludowici City Council meeting, members voted to set up an electronic payment system for residents.
According to information provided by City Clerk Tarra Manning, the system will be through Nationwide and it will cost the city nothing.
“They will set up the equipment and a service charge will be applied to the person who is using it, but for governmental agencies, there are no costs to them,” Manning said.
According to the clerk, the system will allow customers to pay utility bills, tax bills and traffic citations.
Manning also said that by implementing the new technology, customers will have more flexibility to pay bills over the phone instead of coming into the office.
“I know this will help the city in collecting payments, and it also will give the customers another method of paying their bills,” Manning said.
The electronic payment system should be up and running by mid-May.
The council also voted to change the manner in which Ludowici Police Department employees accrue vacation time.
According to LPD Chief Richard Robertson, the department was using the same system as city employees but, under that policy, they only received three vacation days per year.  
Robertson said with the new policy, department employees will accrue leave based on their 12-hour shifts and also will receive compensation days for holidays they work, which other city employees already receive.
Councilman Frank McClelland Jr. said, “I can relate to what they are saying and I believe we need to change it.”
Mayor Myrtice Warren added, “They [LPD] been doing a good job and I think we are keeping them as employees better than in the past, so I think it is a good idea.”
The council voted to approve the measure unanimously.
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