By a split vote last Monday, the Panora city council approved hiring a California firm to do background checks on potential new employees.

The firm is A-Check Global of Riverside, CA. Basic charges are $32.75, $37.75, $39,75 and $44.75 depending on the city department.

Curtis Thornberry voted no, believing a check is not necessary. Brian Dorsett, Ryan Ketelsen and Rachel Vogel voted yes. Stan Landon was late for the vote.

The resolution passed by the council stated the city has “due diligence to hire the most qualified person

to work for the city.”

The firm may not be needed that much as historically the city has little turnover in employees. (The electric department is seeking an additional person.)

Jotham Arber, Panora, director of the Guthrie County transfer station, presented city officials with a draft of a 28E, five-year agreement for city to use of the transfer station.

The agreement would begin July 1.

The per capita cost to the city would rise from $16.00 to $20.00 annually. Panora is pushing to have the increase phased in over four years.

Arber said at the Guthrie County board of supervisors meeting last Tuesday he will check with other cities about a gradual increase.

The county is seeking additional funding to pay for short term costs like equipment.

Supervisor Everett Grasty attended the council meeting. He noted at the supervisors’ meeting, the hike would be a 25 percent increase for Panora.

In other action, a Class E Liquor License was okayed for Casey’s General Store and $255,496 in bills were paid.

As of September 20, there 22 utility users on payment plans with three on their second plan and three skipping town.