New village cashier works to simplify transactions

By Gary Alan Ruse….

Wanner Fonseca is pictured at the new cashier’s office in Village Hall.

For the first time in its history, the Village of Palmetto Bay now has a designated cashier, like other cities, and the intent is to simplify the process of making payments at Village Hall.

Wanner Fonseca officially started working as the new cashier on Apr. 18, after undergoing training on the finance systems involved and the departments with which he will be working. Fonseca started in Parks and Recreation in 2005. In his fourth year he was promoted to a Park Service Aide Leader.

“The five years that I’ve been working here I’ve seen that it’s a great place to work for,” Fonseca said. “It’s a great opportunity that the village has given me. I was born and raised in Miami, went to Coral Way Elementary and Shenandoah Middle School, and then Everest Institute, where I graduated as a surgical technician.”

Bill Kress, village communications director, sees the move as an improvement that offers greater convenience and professionalism for homeowners and business people in the village.

“Rather than having four or five different people in various departments collecting money for things, that is now centralized in the cashier’s office,” Kress said. “That was created recently because now we have a facility where everyone’s under one roof and we can have a person close to the front door, in a secure location.”

Payments at the cashier’s office may be made for building and permitting fees, facility rentals, alarm registration fees, stormwater utility payments, occupational licenses, police fingerprinting or background checks, and any other transactions that need to be made.

“Everything from weddings to bathrooms,” Kress said. Hours for the cashier’s office are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be open during lunch hour.

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