COLUMBUS - The Columbus City Council voted to donate $2,500 to the Columbus Chamber of Commerce from the transient guest tax at last week's council meeting.

The chamber had requested the funds at a budget and finance committee meeting a week prior.

The transient guest tax fund has about $5,000 in it and is collected from local hotels and motels and charged to travelers. By state law the money from a guest tax must be used to promote tourism within the city.

The council also moved to have a letter of support drawn up for the Kansas Rural Water Association.

In addition the council ordered 72 five-eighths inch water meters at a cost of $3,024.

In other business, the council:

Ordered parts for a lift station not to exceed $8,000.

Voted to send two volunteer firefighters to the Carl Junction, Mo. fire academy at $325 each.

Voted to solicit bids for new city liability and property insurance.

Voted to hire Diel, Banwart and Bolton as city auditors.

Voted to purchase a Brightlink monitor for the committee room for $4,329,76.

Voted to solicit bids for a new audio-visual system for the council chambers.

Voted to give annual step increases to Ron Reynolds, Anne Sharp, David Allen and Robert Hughes, and;

Hired William K. Clark as a part-time police officer.