It seems ATMs are everywhere these days, but not at the Orange County Courthouse, and some workers who deal with processing fees and “hot” checks want to change that.

County Clerk Karen Jo Vance and District Clerk Vickie Edgerly cited several problems to commissioners in regular session Monday. A quick-cash teller machine would help, they said. For instance, the county does not have debit card readers in some offices.

“A lot of times people will come in and after we’re done recording their document … they pull out their debit card,” Vance said. “It is such common practice now to pay with debit cards, but we don’t.”

Another problem is that people attempt to pay for “bounced” checks – with other checks – which goes against county policy.

“What we find,” said Edgerly, “is that once we send them down the street and tell them where an ATM is, nine times out of 10 they don’t come back – and that’s money walking away.”

The panel, with Precinct 3 Commissioner John Dubose sitting in for the out-of-town Judge Carl Thibodeaux, decided the matter bore future investigation.

“I think it would be a great idea if it wouldn’t cost the county any liability,” said Precinct 4 Commissioner Beamon Minton.

In other business, commissioners voted to appoint a committee to study problems at the county landfill.

County Engineer Les Anderson told lawmakers that under “post-Ike” emergency rules, the basics are being forgotten. To deposit trash at the landfill, the user must be an Orange County resident and present a photo ID (no contractors), and refrigerators and air conditioners must be discharged of freon before dumping, said. Not allowed are tires, trees, limbs and leaves; gas / propane tanks, batteries, paint cans or paint, concrete / bricks and hazardous or toxic material.  

Also Monday, getting some properties back on the tax rolls saw the county voting to waive its interest on nine lots in West Orange. Roy McDonald, West Orange mayor, said the properties have already been demolished. It is hoped that with taxes and liens forgiven the property can be sold, possibly to nonprofit organizations.

The properties include lots at 2610 South St., 215 Katherine, 924 Dayton, 115 Davis Circle, 1526 Bonham, 2313 MacArthur Drive, 2104 Crockett St., 2709 Dowling and 2210 Bradford.