Digital payment system for AH landfills
By Chad Ingram
The Township of Algonquin Highlands will introduce a digital payment system at its Maple Lake and Oxtongue Lake landfills, as well as the Dorset transfer station.
Councillors approved that purchase during
their May 21 meeting, which was held with councillors participating
remotely via online conferencing platform Zoom.
“Definitely through this COVID pandemic, we’ve really noticed some shortfalls in accepting cash at our sites, and not having a digital payment system set up,” said public works director Adam Thorn. “ ... It helps us to do direct digital payment, it also helps us track sales, with recording, and will decrease staff time for changing those receipts from paper to electronic.”
Thorn said he’d like to see the system enacted as soon
as possible at the Maple Lake landfill, work out any bugs, and then
implement it at the two other sites.
“This is a terrific idea, we are somewhat in the stone age regarding our ability to make online transactions, and has been pointed out, we’ve learned the need to be a little more flexible in that regard,” said Mayor Carol Moffatt as council approved the purchase.
The system costs $3,100 plus taxes, with ongoing operating costs of $1,900 per year.