The agenda of the Dec. 17 council meeting consisted of three resolutions preparing for the coming year.
The first was a renewal of the city’s contract with Gray Station Better Hometown; the second was to execute a positive pay agreement, online banking agreement and cash management agreement between the city and State Bank; and the third was an agreement between the city and the public defender’s office for indigent defense services.
Leanne Weathers, representing State Bank, was at the meeting and explained that the positive pay agreement, which normally comes with a $50 a month fee, will be free to the city. The speaker said it will assist with preventing check fraud and is an online process.
Weathers said the city clerk will upload check information to the bank, and when a check is presented for payment, the numbers will be matched.
At this time, because of the city’s past problem with fraudulent checks, the bank is calling City Hall each time a check is presented for payment.
If for any reason the numbers do not match when the automated system is in place, a call will be placed to City Hall to verify the check.
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