Board of Selectmen authorize online billing

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com

PLAQUEMINE - The City of Plaquemine Board of Selectmen authorized Mayor Mark “Tony” Gulotta to sign a contract with INCODE to provide online billing at its regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 14.

Gulotta said the online system can be used to pay bills for all utilities the city offers including water, gas, sewer and electricity. The city has approximately 5,000 accounts.

“People will be able to pay their bill online with direct deposits from their bank,” Gulotta said. “They will also be able to put in work orders online.”

Gulotta said the system will be installed by February or March but won’t go public till the summer to allow city employees time for training. Bills will still be mailed to customers as they have in the past.

The module will cost $3,000 to install with a $800 yearly maintenance fee to keep the site maintained.

“It makes it more convenient and brings us into the modern age,” Gulotta said.

In other news, the board approved advertising for bids on a new street sweeper. Gulotta estimated the vehicle would cost $165,000.

“The old one is eight years old and it is just time for a new one,” Gulotta said. “We have only gotten about five years out of most of them and it is time. It is just breaking down too much.”

Gulotta said the city will keep the current street sweeper to be used as a backup.

The board also granted substantial completion for rehabilitation of the North Wastewater Treatment Plant Pump Station.