2016-12-01 / Front Page

Drop Box Installed For City Payments

By Erich T. Doerr


At right: This new drop box has been installed at St. Ignace City Hall to allow residents to make payments to the city 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The box is located behind the building on Underhill Street near the rear entrance ramps. The city has placed a message about the box on the water bills it is mailing out this week. At right: This new drop box has been installed at St. Ignace City Hall to allow residents to make payments to the city 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The box is located behind the building on Underhill Street near the rear entrance ramps. The city has placed a message about the box on the water bills it is mailing out this week. City water and tax bills can be paid anytime in a new drop box installed at St. Ignace City Hall.

The silver drop box is on Underhill Street at the back of the building near the rear entrance ramps. It can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“I think it’s a great service to the community allowing an additional payment option,” Deputy Clerk Kelly Simmons said.

The box was added for customer convenience, Mrs. Simmons said and is positioned so people can drive right up to the box and insert their payment without getting out of their vehicle. Residents can also make payments online on the city’s Web site, cityofstignace.com. There is a small charge to make payments digitally since the service is operated through a third-party company.

Payments should not be in cash but can be made via regular checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders. Mrs. Simmons noted the drop box may be ideal for people with limited mobility, allowing them to drive right up to it instead of having to walk into city hall to drop off their payments.

The secure box is made of steel and bolted to the ground. It is constantly monitored by a video system and emptied twice a day. Payment envelopes can be inserted through its door, but not removed.

The box was installed Friday, November 18. A message to tell residents about the box has been placed on water bills the city is mailing out this week.

There are now two drop boxes at city hall, as one is inside the main lobby for the safe, secure disposal of unneeded pills and medicines. These are only to be deposited in proper medicine disposal containers.

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