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Online payments coming for Crawford residents

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Crawford water and sewer customers will soon be able to pay their bill by credit card and online through the town's state-sponsored website after trustees unanimously approved the proposal at the June 1 meeting.

The system would allow customers to pay bills safely and securely through the town's state-sponsored website, or at Town Hall during regular business hours.

While the service is provided free of charge for the town, credit card users will be assessed a 75-cent transaction fee, plus a 2.25-percent fee. For example, said town clerk Cally Gallegos, a $47 water and sewer payment will result in a $48.80 charge.

By paying online, added Gallegos, people can visit the website, which is in the process of being updated, and catch up on town happenings, including meetings, meeting minutes and other news.

Customers will also be able to set up automatic payments, which can help customers avoid late payment fees, said mayor Wanda Gofforth.

In other business, trustees unanimously voted to approve a letter of intent to participate in the Delta County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (see "Crawford to Participate in County Hazard Mitigation Grant," in the May 25 DCI).

Trustees also approved a letter of support for the Delta County Tourism Cabinet's application to participate in "Blueprint 2.0," an initiative of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade that seeks to identify ways to serve rural communities and identify opportunities to leverage resources.

The letter expresses the town's willingness to support "any programs that will benefit Delta County Tourism's efforts to bring in new travelers, develop the tourism products and offer marketing support for businesses within the tourism industries."

Public Works Director Bruce Bair said he recently posted the 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report to the town website at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/crawford/news/water-quality-report. Tests reveal that the town is in compliance with state and federal drinking water regulations, with all by-products testing below detectable limits. "It's been a while since we've had a violation on our consumer confidence report," said Bair, who has been with the town since 2004.

This is the first year the town isn't mailing the report, said Bair, which saves the town money. The majority of the reports land in the trash anyway, added Bair.

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