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NOTICE OF
PUBLIC HEARING


 The Board of Trustees for the Town of Springfield will hold a public hearing on:

ORDINANCE NO. 339

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE RECOVERY OF THE COSTS OF COLLECTING UTILITY BILLS THROUGH THE ASSESSMENT OF A COLLECTIONS FEE; AUTHORIZING THE USE OF ANY LAWFUL METHOD TO COLLECT UTILITY BILLS, INCLUDING THE USE OF ATTORNEYS OR COLLECTIONS AGENCIES; AND ESTABLISHING A MAXIMUM COLLECTION FEE FOR COLLECTIONS AGENCIES BASED ON A PERCENTAGE OF THE AMOUNT DUE TO THE MUNICIPAL UTILITY


WHEREAS, the Town of Springfield is authorized by Colorado law and Town Ordinances to charge for utility services;

WHEREAS, Utility bills that are not paid immediately may become delinquent, increasing the cost of collection to the Town;

WHEREAS, the Town may find that the use of a collection agency to recover late or delinquent utility bills may improve the efficiency and success rate for such collections; and

WHEREAS, the Town seeks to ensure that the costs of collection are recovered from the utility customers who are responsible for late or delinquent utility bills.

NOW THEREFORE, be it ordained by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Springfield, Colorado as follows:

Sec. 1. Purpose.  The purpose of this ordinance is to authorize the use of any lawful means to collect payment for late or delinquent utility bills, to impose a fee upon the late or delinquent utility customer to cover the cost of collection, and to establish a maximum collection fee.

Sec. 2. Section 13-47(b), Springfield Municipal Code is amended as follows:
             

                     (b) in the event such bills are not paid in full within forty (40) days after the date when rendered, water and sewer service may be                                       discontinued, or the Town may seek to collect the bills in any lawful manner, including the use of a private collections agency. In the event                       the Town attempts to collect the bill using legal process or a collections agency, the reasonable costs of collection, along with interest on                           the outstanding balance at the statutory rate for judgment liens, shall be payable by the customer. In the event the Town uses the services                       of a collections agency, the reasonable costs of collection shall be limited to 25 percent of the balance due (which may include interest).

Sec. 3.  Section 13-93, Springfield Municipal Code is added as follows:

                   Sec. 13-93. Collection of Electric Utility Payments. The Town may seek to collect late and delinquent electric utility payments in any lawful                       manner, including the use of a private collections agency. In the event the Town attempts to collect payments using legal process or a                               collections agency, the reasonable costs of collection, along with interest on the outstanding balance at the statutory rate for judgment                             liens, shall be payable by the customer. In the event the Town uses the services of a collections agency, the reasonable costs of collection                         shall be limited to 25 percent of the balance due (which may include interest).

Sec. 4. Severability.  If any part or parts of this ordinance are for any reason held to be invalid, such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this ordinance.  The Board of Trustees hereby declares that it would have passed this ordinance and each part or parts hereof, irrespective of the fact that any one part or parts be declared invalid.

The public hearing, second reading for Ordinance No. 339, will be conducted in the Springfield Town Hall, 748 Main Street, Springfield, CO on Thursday, January 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Board of Trustees

known as city council

Trustees :

Lindsay Walker - Mayor
Ervin Maltbie - Mayor Pro-Tem
Leslie Krinard - Trustee
Marcia Elstob - Trustee
Mike Cooper - Trustee
Robin Ballard - Trustee
Shannon Mason - Trustee

Regular meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm.

Meeting Agenda

If you would like a copy of all the meeting material please use the request form provided on the 'Contact' page, or call Town Hall at (719) 523-4528.

AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING BOARD OF TRUSTEES
TOWN OF SPRINGFIELD, COLORADO
748 MAIN STREET
January 11, 2018
6:00 P.M.
TOWN HALL



ITEM 1      Call to Order


ITEM 2      Pledge of Allegiance


ITEM 3      Roll Call

ITEM 4      Approve Regular Minutes of December 7, 2017
                  Approve Special Session Minutes of December 14, 2017
                  Approve Special Session Minutes of December 28, 2017

ITEM 5      Approve Bills

ITEM 6      Presentation to the Board of Trustees by Ms. Kathy Self, Springfield Tree Board Chair.  Ms. Self will provide                                  information on the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) “Teaming Up for Trees in Southeast Colorado” Federal                            Grant Application and Award given to Springfield and other communities in Southeast Colorado.

ITEM 7      Presentation to the Board of Trustees by Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development, Inc (SECED) on provision of                    services to Baca County communities and their efforts to support employers, new employment and the retail,                            service and professional sectors within Springfield.

ITEM 8      Public Comment for Non-Agenda Items   
                 
A Public Comment Roster is available immediately outside the entrance to the Town Hall Chambers.   Anyone who                          would like to address the Board of Trustees on any matter other than an agenda item will be given the                                                opportunity after signing the roster.

ITEM 9      Ordinance Second Reading
                  Ordinance – Authorizing the Recovery of the Costs of Collecting of Non-payments of Utility Fees of Customers; and                    Authorizing the Use of Any Lawful Method to Collect Fees, Including the Use of Collection Agencies

ITEM 10    Resolution 18-01
                   Resolution Providing for the Scheduling of Meetings, Designation of Posting Notices and Designation of the                                 Official Newspaper

 ITEM 11   General Business
                 
A. 2018 Election - Nomination Petitions to be returned January 22th 
                  B. 2018 Elected Official Training Opportunities
                        - The Institute for Excellence in Government – Discount for CIRSA Members
                        - CML – 1st opportunity – Overview of Municipal Office/Webinar over the Noon Hour, Tuesday, February 13th.                                     Town Manager is registered – come join in
                  C. 2018 Town of Springfield Budget
                       Approved, Published, Printed and Accepted by the State.  Will be made available for distribution


ITEM 12    Administrative Reports
                       
Town Manager
                        Treasurer
                        Acting Chief of Police
                                December 2017 Report
                        Town Attorney


ITEM 13    Mayor and Trustee Reports

ITEM 14    Adjournment

The agenda may be amended, changed or corrected at the direction of the Board of Trustees. 
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