March 31, 2015

SH Council approves bank card agreement

Danedri Thompson

In a short meeting Sept. 9, Spring Hill City Council members approved a new bank card agreement that will allow city department heads to make purchases with purchasing cards rather than city credit cards.

Melanie Landis, city finance director, told council members that most cities have ceased using credit cards.

“We can put a lot more restrictions on these cards,” she said. “…They’re a lot easier to reconcile.”

The purchasing cards can be used similarly to credit cards, however there are no late fees or interest charges. Landis said the card agreement between the city of Spring Hill and UMB includes a rebate program based on the city’s annual purchases.

She explained that the city of Spring Hill will get a better rebate rate, because the agreement is “piggy backing” or adding to the state’s contract with the company.

The new cards eliminate the need for paper checks to multiple vendors and lost or re-issued checks, finance charges and reduces the opportunity for fraud on open vendor accounts, Landis told the governing body.

However, the cards also will be covered with a limited waiver that covers up to $15,000 per card in fraud protection.

In other business, council members:

• approved the cereal malt beverage license for K & M BBQ.

• approved a special event permit for the Run4Help 5K Run/Walk. The event will take place this weekend during the Spring Hill Fall Festival.

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