Danbury board continues banking talks

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DANBURY – City Council continued their discussion of the recent announcement that First National Bank will close its Danbury branch in April, and how this could impact city government and its ability to easily access banking services .

When contacted by The Stokes News this week, a First National Bank official called the action a “consolidation” with the bank’s branch in King.

“We continually evaluate our branch network to ensure it is optimized and operating efficiently. Based on our established evaluation process, which examines factors such as convenience, consumer banking preferences, operating costs, transaction volumes and more,” said Jennifer Reel, Senior Vice President and director of corporate communications for the bank.

She said the ATM at the Danbury location would remain open “for a while”.

“We understand that customers may have concerns and are committed to ensuring that their banking needs continue to be met without disruption. In addition to our knowledgeable staff and extensive network of branches, including the King Office, we offer a full range of online and mobile banking tools as well as smart tellers and ATMs with TellerChat so customers can access their accounts 24/7, at any time. of the location.

At its meeting last week, Danbury City Manager Mike Barsness told the board that since most of the city’s revenue is done electronically, doing its banking at the King branch doesn’t will not be “too heavy” for the town of Danbury.

Funds raised occasionally for zoning permits and monthly ad valorem taxes can be deposited as needed, likely no more than once every two weeks, Barsness said. The physical ride to King at the end of a workday adds three miles and five minutes to the clerk’s commute home.

The recommendation was made to continue the banking relationship with First National Bank for the foreseeable future, “but watch for changes in impacts”.

In other cases, counsel:

I learned that the floor of a section of the town hall needed to be repaired. A quote will be obtained.

Learned that the City Clerk’s 15-year-old computer at City Hall has broken down and needs to be replaced at a cost of $685. The old computer will be recycled.

Barsness heard in its monthly administrator’s report that the general store owner was contacted about illegal signage and excessive lighting. He agreed to remove signage and either tilt down or obscure his security lighting. Other non-essential lighting will be turned off after hours.

He added that a review of the Planning Council must be carried out at least every 10 years. “State law requires that membership be proportionate to population. The city has 189 inhabitants. The Danbury YSS is estimated to currently contain 134 residents based on 2020 census data. This equates to a ratio of 59% to 41%. The current composition of the planning board is 60% to 40%, so no adjustment is necessary. »

Barsness also mentioned that the Sheppard Mill Road Bridge is still on schedule to begin construction in early 2025.

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