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Oakwood may allow fees to be paid with plastic

POSTED: May 10, 2009 9:49 p.m.

Oakwood City Council is looking at setting up a system where traffic violators can pay court fines and costs with a credit card.

The city would charge a fee equal to 3 percent of fines, fees or costs to process the payments, according to an ordinance the council is considering on final reading at its monthly meeting tonight.

Also, others could use credit cards — the city would have a list of accepted ones — to pay for permit and application fees.

Patti Doss-Luna, assistant city manager, told the council at its meeting last month that the system would work so that “we would have no out-of-pocket expenses.”

The council meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle.

In other business, the council is scheduled to vote on applications by Oakwood residents Dean and Randall Reed to rezone two properties totaling nearly 12 acres off Flat Creek Road to an agricultural designation from single-family residential and highway business.

The father and son had marketed the properties for commercial purposes, but their efforts were hampered by the sharp economic downturn.

In an interview last month, the 74-year-old Dean Reed said a printing operation had been planned on the properties just east of McEver Road.

“The development went sour and (the Reeds) have not been able to work out another deal,” said City Planner Larry Sparks.

Reed said that by rezoning the properties back to agricultural — their designation before annexation into Oakwood in December 2007 — their property values and, consequently, taxes would be lower.


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