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City to increase steps for ambulance bad debt collection
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HOISINGTON — After the conclusion of the landowner/property agreement portion of the city council meeting, the council continued with the regular meeting on Monday.
The city will step up efforts to collect on bad ambulance debt. City Manager Jonathan Mitchell said the  bills are being turned over to the state for collection through income tax, but the city hasn’t had much success with that program. The council approved a proposal through Credit Management Services. They will charge a commission of 30 percent.
EMT Director Scott Fleming said some accounts had gotten stale and were five  years old. He estimated that the city had $30,000-$40,000 in accounts receivable.
The council approved refinancing General Obligation 2009 Bond for a lower interest rate. The remaining balance of the bonds is $435,000. The refinancing will save $25,000 between 2015-19. They also approved issuance of general obligation refunding bonds, Series 2014.
Mitchell reported that there were 7, 813 customers at the swimming pool during the shortened season, which works out to 211 per day. The pool closed in mid-August due to a shortage of lifeguards.
There were no leaks after the pool was repaired in June, and the repairs were holding.
Mitchell said the city is working at making the electric utility more competitive. He plans  to meet with the Electric Utility Task Force before the end of the year.
Council Member Karen Van Brimmer said she had been approached about having a dog park. The council said they need more information.