Van Buren: Credit card payments accepted

Residents can now use a credit card to pay for town services or for taxes.

There is no cost for the town because the person using the system pays the user fees, but residents don't seem to mind.

"People are using it and not complaining about the fees," said Lynn McCormick, the Van Buren Town Clerk.

The codes office also accepts credit cards for permits and other services through the clerk's office. Town officials hope to accept credit cards for parks and recreation department programs and eventually offer online payments through the web site at townofvanburen.com.

In other news

The Van Buren Highway Department plans to purchase a used skid steer loader from the Radisson Community Association for $15,000.

According to Highway Superintendent Ed Parks, it was a price that other vendors said they couldn't compete with.

"It's in very good shape," Parks said adding there are less than 1,000 hours on the machine, which includes a bucket and tracks (to go over the wheels). Parks said the used equipment should have a 10-year life expectancy.

"Sounds like we'll get our money's worth out of it," said Councilor Mary Frances Sabin.

The Highway Department plans to use the equipment to patch pavement and for the rehabilitation of dug up lawns.

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