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Council adopts lower library fees

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Bridgeport Public Library staff is showing its patrons a little bit of grace.

In accordance with amended fees approved at the city council meeting Tuesday, replacing lost library cards and damaged materials will be slightly cheaper.

Initial cards are free, but replacements will now cost $1, down from the previous cost of $5.

The actual cost to replace a card is between 25 and 31 cents.

Previously, a $10 processing fee was charged when materials were lost or damaged beyond repair, requiring replacement. Under the revised rules, that fee is waived. The patron is only required to pay the list price of the replacement item.

If a patron provides a new copy of the item in an identical format, the list price is also waived.

CONTRACTS AWARDED, DELAYED

Council members awarded several contracts including:

  • a lease-purchase agreement with Government Capital Corp. to finance the purchase of four police Tahoes with all the necessary emergency equipment. The city is to pay $36,844.05 annually for four years.
  • a $29,100 contract with Gary R. Traylor and Associates Inc. to administer a $275,900 Texas Community Development Block Grant that will help fund the reconstruction of existing water lines. Funds from this grant will pay for these services.
  • a $15,684 lease with NovaCopy for copiers and related maintenance.
  • a $1,356 agreement with Pitney Bowes for a postage meter.

The council did not award contracts for legal or engineering services.

Prospective firms for legal services are to be interviewed Monday, Nov. 18, and engineering service prospects will be interviewed Tuesday, Nov. 19, and Thursday, Nov. 21.

In August, council members asked city officials to “shop around to see what else is out there,” adding that the decision was not meant to indicate any discontent with the current providers.

IMPROVEMENTS ACCEPTED

City officials accepted the improvements to Northwest OHV in a resolution approved Tuesday.

In addition, the companies involved in the project have presented paperwork stating that they’ve been paid in full.

H2 Construction, doing business as Sudds Rig Washing and Construction, installed 19,000 linear feet of barbed wire, slick wire and pipe rail fence to serve as the border of the off-road park.

The council awarded a $113,325 bid to the company in July. It was later increased by $3,400 to cover payment and performance bonds that are required for any local government contract over $100,000.

CHANGE OF PLANS

The council also approved revisions to an economic development agreement with Crisp Real Estate Properties for the construction of a public access concrete drive on property along U.S. 380.

In line with the changes, the deadline for construction start has been changed from Oct. 31 to Jan. 31; “attempt to” has been added to “obtain at least three bids;” and the reimbursement deadline is March 31, 2014, instead of Dec. 31, 2013.

IN OTHER NEWS

The council also:

  • accepted, after meeting in closed session, the donation of .179 acres of land adjacent to U.S. 380 from Bob Carpenter.
  • changed the zoning classification of property at 1204 Cobb St. from apartment district to manufactured housing, like other lots within a quarter-mile.
  • authorized the purchase of 120 replacement magazines for police officer handguns with money from the court security fund. Each defendant convicted of a misdemeanor offense must pay a $3 security fee, which is deposited into that fund, and money from that fund can be used only for specific purposes.
  • established a credit account with Wise County Tax Office for tax certificates required for plat approvals. Typically, city staff would obtain petty cash from the finance department to pay for the certificates, which cost $10 each.
  • waived the rental and deposit fees for the Bridgeport Community Center for a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Christmas party and rental fees for Bridgeport Stage for a fundraiser.

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