• Fort Dodge standoff ends.
A standoff in Fort Dodge between a man and law enforcement officers is over. Fort Dodge Police were called out at 6:30 Tuesday morning to 222 Avenue D where a man was inside the residence and refused to come out.The standoff ended at mid morning today with the man surrendering to authorities. There has been no information as to the name of the individual who was arrested as the case remains under investigation.
• City of Webster City has new options to pay utility bills.
Effective immediately, citizens of Webster City are now able to use credit cards, debit cards and E-checks to make payments on the city website using the new Xpress Bill Pay system.
ON-LINE USING XPRESS BILL PAY
To sign up to use Xpress Bill Pay to pay your utility bill using an E-check, debit card or credit card as well as to view your bill:
1. Go to our website at www.webstercity.com
2. Click ...on the link “To make a utility payment using XPress Bill Pay” – the link will take you to the Xpress bill pay website
3. Complete a brief form for your information where you will establish a username and password
The use of the on-line credit and debit card option will charge a fee of 2.75% of your transaction amount – this amount will be displayed for your review prior to submitting your actual payment and will show on your credit/debit card account statement as 2 separate transactions.
The use of the e-check feature will charge a flat .40¢ fee – this amount will be displayed for your review prior to submitting your actual payment.
OTHER FEATURES OF XPRESS BILL PAY:
• Paperless billing – you may choose to receive your monthly utility bill through an e-mail account each month and eliminate receiving the bill by mail – this option can be used without using the on-line payment feature – but you will need to set up an account using the instructions above.
• Viewing your bill – you can view your current and past bills with or without having a paperless account and without using the payment on-line feature.
• Automatic payment using your credit card – you can set up your utility payments to be automatically billed to your credit card each month.
• Automatic payment to change the payment date – you can choose another date for your bill to automatically be paid from your account each month – this option will not change your due date with the City of Webster City so please keep in mind if choosing this option to choose a date that will not result in penalties or delivery slip fees.
OTHER PAYMENT OPTIONS
Auto Payment with your Checking Account - If you want to set up an automatic payment each month using your checking account please come in to the Utility Office or call 515-832-9141 to have the paperwork mailed to you. Your monthly utility bill will be automatically deducted from your checking account on your due date with this option and without any additional fee. You will still receive your bill each month in the mail.
Bank Bills – Most banks have an option for on-line banking – the City does not have a charge associated with this option but you may want to check to see if your bank has any fees. If you use this option please make sure that you include your entire utility account number on the payment. The payment will be processed electronically to the City and will be rejected if the account number is missing numbers as our system will not be able to identify where to apply the payment.
Credit/Debit Card – The same service fee of 2.75% of your transaction will apply if you plan to use your credit or debit card when paying your bill by phone or stopping in the office.
Paper check, Money Order or Cash – we still accept these types of payment as well. You can stop in our office, mail or drop the payment off in our drop box located on the west side of the Municipal Building at 400 Second Street.
For questions or additional information please contact the utility office at 515-832-9141.
• Wright County Supervisor highlights
There is good news for motorists in Wright County. The bridge on Wright County Road C-70 east of Woolstock reopened late last week after a repair project that started this spring. The reopening was announced during the Monday meeting of the Wright County Supervisors. The board members approved the certification of appointment of Deputy Sheriff Barry Huedepohl and Civil Process Server Matthey Valentine. A contract with Hogan Hanson was approved for work on the 2013-14 audit for the period ending June 30,2014.
The board discussed the possibility of hiring an information technology person to maintain the computers in the county offices. It is hoped to have someone in place in the next few months.
In one other matter, the Wright County Supervisors held a discussion on the drainage assessment for the Federal Government. The board plans to go after those people who have refused to pay with the matter to be taken on a case by case basis.
• Fort Dodge authorities investigate possible animal neglect case.
• Arts R Alive Sculpture Event set for August 6 to 8.