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Clerk-Treasurer Luann Welmer plans to ask the City Council to approve cash drawers for the Columbus Police Department and City Garage.
Welmer discussed her request at the council’s meeting Tuesday night. She said that both departments frequently are required to make change and do not have the cash on hand to do so. She said she plans to propose that each department be given a $100 cash drawer each day.
The departments would be required to return daily receipts in excess of the $100 base every day, keeping only $100 on hand. Police Chief Jason Maddix said the money would be used only to make change for customers.
Welmer said police department personnel must come to the clerk’s office three or four times a day to make change. She said the police department takes in money for the copying of reports and tickets; the garage accepts payment for garbage Toters.
Other departments, such as the parks department, already have cash drawers to make change, Welmer said.
Council members expressed concern about controls regarding the cash
drawers. They suggested that Welmer come up with a plan for all departments on how they should handle money in cash drawers. She assured council members that the State Board of Accounts could audit the cash drawers any time it chose to.
The item was on the agenda for discussion and will be brought before the City Council for a vote at a future meeting.
In other business Tuesday, City Council:
Gave final approvals for a rezoning of the former Wonder Bread store on Washington Street for use as a Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge and rezoning of a parking lot on Cottage Avenue for Orinoco Properties.
Gave final approval for changes to the definitions in the city’s subdivision ordinance.
Gave first approval for $5,167 to make a payment to the state Public Employees Retirement Fund for staff at The Commons to meet changes to state law.
New City Council at-large member Kenny Whipker was sworn in before the meeting by County Clerk Tami Hines. Whipker replaces Aaron Hankins, who resigned last month.
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