More scams to watch out for
We've recently been made aware of several scams that have been attempted on Brunswick residents.
One involves "David Washington" from "Publisher's Clearing House", who calls to inform you that you have won a $750,000 prize...but will need to send them 1% of the amount "to cover taxes". If you ask them for a phone number to verify the call, they will give you an 876- area code. 876 is a Jamaican area code, and calling the number can cause you to incur international phone charges.
Another scam call claims to be from IRS officer "Adam Smith" (or another name) and urges you or another person to phone a 917- number regarding IRS business. Again, you can end up being charged for calling that number. Sometimes scammers simulate the actual IRS phone number on your caller ID to make the call seem authentic, and some callers may even know the last four digits of your Social Security number as "proof". Hang up. The IRS does not "cold call" taxpayers.
Even if you registered before, it’s always a good idea to update your Code Red account information.
Did you move but keep the same phone number? CodeRED is location specific to keep you up to date on things like water main breaks in your neighborhood, or even missing person reports. The messages may only reach one street, so be sure your address is updated.
NEW: e-mail and text message options
You can also opt to have e-mail or text messages sent to you during emergency situations. Plus, you can decide which weather alerts you wish to receive…tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings, or winter storm warnings. The service is customizable for you. Be sure to add your cellphone and your family’s cell numbers as well. Keep informed with CodeRED.
Last year, Cleveland Magazine rated the suburbs, and Brunswick came in a very admirable 16th. This year we've climbed to 14th!
The factors that go into Cleveland Magazine's evaluation include education, safety, property tax affordability, housing, walkability and public services. The article is available only in the print version of the magazine (not online), but you can preview how Brunswick compares to other suburbs here.
Residents who would like to hold a garage sale can now fill out an application online. Applicants will receive a confirming e-mail permit from the City. The online application can be found in the Community Development section of the website, and in the Fast Find menu above.
If you have an appearance scheduled in Mayor's Court and your offense is waiverable, you now have the option of making your payment online instead of in person at City Hall. Visit the Mayor's Court page and check out the section on "Online Payments".
From the Medina County Auditor's office:
Please be advised we have been notified of a fraud hoax attempting to be perpetrated on Medina County homeowners.
Two property owners contacted us today relating that they had received phone calls from someone identifying themselves being from the "Department of the Treasurer, Legal Affairs." The caller then quickly indicated there was a lien on the homeowner's property and asked if they had a criminal attorney.
The phone call soon went to a request to send money to prevent police action. There was an attempt by the phone caller to keep the residents on the line for a long period of time.
"This is a fraud that has been perpetrated in other parts of the country," (Auditor Mike) Kovack said, "But it's the first time we've seen it here." He indicated the homeowners said the caller spoke broken English, making it difficult to understand. Additionally, when questions were asked, the caller would put the homeowner on hold for a period of time before returning.
Kovack warned Medina County residents to remember not to give out any personal information to inquiries such as this over the phone, "and never make arrangements to send money to a phone call out of the blue like this." Kovack advised anyone receiving phone calls to contact their local law enforcement agency.
Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack is offering the following advice: if you sustained storm damage on real property, make sure you fill out a Destroyed or Damaged Property form with the County Auditor's office. This will take the destroyed value off your taxes next year.
You must file the form by the end of this year to get full credit. Please note that this applies only to real property, i.e, that on which you pay property taxes. Trees, bushes, cars, etc., do not qualify. For questions, call 330-725-9754.
Following the heavy rains of May 12-13, 2014, Lorain County received a declaration allowing residents and businesses to apply for low interest SBA loans. This allows contiguous counties, including Medina, to receive the same assistance. Click below for more information.
Permits are now required in the City of Brunswick for any business or organization who directly delivers advertising materials, flyers, coupons, newspapers or magazines without a subscription. To apply for an annual permit, or to learn more, please click here.
Also, please see the City's business questionnaire.
This information is also available in the City Manager's section of the website.