Chillicothe Council considered saving money with new billing software, and will soon vote on a membership fee...with benefits.
Utilities Director Richard Johnson oversaw a half-hour presentation by a representative of Software Solutions, who are offering to provide new water and sewer billing for the city. Johnson said they looked at several companies, and prefer Software Solutions the most .
Even though the city would be getting completely new software, as well full online services, they would probably be saving 60% or more on the annual fee, and 10-15% on billing fees.
Once council might approve the changeover, Johnson says it should take four months to implement.
hear Richard Johnson on Software Solutions
Nancy Ames heard a first reading of an annual ordinance to pay a membership fee for the city to stay in the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission.
A couple years ago there was discussion to drop the membership in tight budget times - but Ames says the city usually gets 54 times its investment back.
She says the city has already applied for a $50,000 grant from OVRDC, for a top-ranked project - to complete the access road in the Gateway Industrial Park on SR 104 north, which would also connect to the church road and allow safer access for the Chillicothe Baptist Church.
hear Nancy Ames on Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission membership
There was also significant discussion of the announcement about the city considering investing in the Carlisle Building again.
And, council also spent more than an hour in executive session discussing the results on the annual city audit with their CPA.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils