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City to cut delinquent businesses off ASAP

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By Alice Du Pont

Quincy city manager Jack McLean said delinquent business accounts are costing the city dollars it needs to meet its obligations. McLean decided recently that he needed to get the attention of businesses that have past due accounts.

"When our residential customers don't pay their utility bills we have to interrupt their service. Unfortunately, we're going to have to do the same thing with some of our business accounts," McLean said.

Delinquent businesses were notified last week that if bills were not paid their service would be interrupted. McLean said some business owners have called to make arrangements to pay but by close of day on Monday no payments had been collected.

"Commercial businesses are (in arrears) to the city in the amount of $54,864. Door hangers were placed on these businesses Dec. 17 notifying them that a cessation of power is imminent. Within 72 hours of the door hangers, power will be curtailed to these businesses on a rolling basis unless the accounts are brought current. These businesses were sent letters the end of last month telling them that power would be curtailed in December," McLean wrote in a memo to the mayor and commissioners.

Delinquent businesses and the amounts owed are:

• Basic Change: $5,967.04

• Bonga BP: $2,857.57

• Carol’s: $1,743.73

• Common Cents: $1,626.70

• Devi Mart: $3,577.23

• Direct Auto: $4,453.22

• Dollar General: $3,451.76

• FGA Broadcasting: $632.79

• Gadsden Daycare: $546.44

• Jane's Florist: $1,165. 38

• KFC: $586.09

• Michael M. Lodge: $909.30

• NFEDC: $2,210.55

• NFEDC: $596.73

• The Conference Center: $1,825.56

• Sheffield Paint Shop: $3,347.45

• The Signature Clothier: $691.59

• Agape Christian Center: $518.96

• Agape Christian Center: $517.16

• Al-Tech Southeast: $271

• Fiber Surface: $175.32

• Gadsden Senior Citizens: $1,193.56

• Kelly Jr. No. 3 : $1,089

• NFEDC: $800

• Wil-Kris Food: $2,061.05

• WKM Properties: $4,266.03

McLean said delinquent accounts contribute to the city's difficulties in paying its creditors.