UPDATED April 23. 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
Cross Plains grants due
The Cross Plains Community Granting Committee will meet Thursday. May 7 at 6 p.m. at the Cross Plains Methodist Church to review grant requests. The meeting is open to the public. Any non-profit organization within the Cross Plains zip code including cemeteries can request a grant from the Cross Plains Fund, an endowment fund with the Ripley Co. Community Foundation. This year $5,000 is available for distribution. If your organization is interested in applying for a grant please submit the request to Linda Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests can also be given to Margie Nickell, David Chandler or Sam Copeland. Requests must be submitted by May 6.
UPDATED April 21, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Property forms due May 15
Personal property forms are due in the Ripley County Assessor’s office no later than May 15. If you need a form, please call the assessor’s office at 812-689-5656.
UPDATED April 16, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Marshal reports thefts: “...be more aware of their surroundings.”
Peeping Tom reported
Joe Mann asks residents to be more aware of their surroundings. “It’s not Mayberry and hasn’t been for awhile.” They have had a couple of thefts in town, including three trailers. Two are still missing and one is recovered. “They are happening at 2, 3, 4 and 5 a.m….I just want people to be more aware of their surroundings. If you see something that is suspicious call us. You’re not wasting our time,” Mann said. He also has been investigating a Peeping Tom report. Cameras were set up, but nothing has shown up at this point, and again reminded people to report any suspicious activity. Since spring is here, the town has received more dog and cat complaints. He’s also noticed some yards need to be cleaned up, and there is a town ordinance in regards to that.
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UPDATED April 14, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.
BBB warns of storm contractor scams
The recent damage caused by storms last week in the state brings out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath also brings out the potential of contractors who take advantage of victims trying to recover from the damage caused by the storm. The Better Business Bureau is warning local residents affected to beware of storm chasers and out-of-town or even some local contractors soliciting business.
BBB offers the following tips for storm victims.
• Many municipalities require a solicitation permit if salespeople go do-to-door. Verify that they have to have a permit by contacting your local township or municipality.
• Be proactive in selecting a contractor and not reactive to sales calls on the phone or door-to-door pitches.
• While most roofing contractors are honest and will do good work, be careful allowing someone you do not know inspect your roof. Unethical contractors may actually create damage to get work.
• Try to get at least three to four quotes from contractors and insist payments be made to the company, not an individual.
• Do not pay for the work in advance. Be wary of any contractor who insists on full or half payment up front. More importantly, be wary of a contractor trying to push you to sign a contract that makes them the exclusive contractor to do the repair job. This then restricts the consumer from shopping around for the best bid to repair the damage. Read all of the fine print in the contract and understand ALL terms and conditions within the contract.
• Resist high-pressure sales tactics such as the “good deal” you’ll get only if you hire the contractor on the spot or if they’ve offered to work for your neighbor, friend or family at a deep discount. These are often red flags something is amiss.
• Get a written contract that specifies the price, the work to be done, the amount of liability insurance coverage maintained by the contractor and a time frame. Require a copy of their current certificate of insurance. Pay by credit card, if possible; you may have additional protection if there’s a problem.
• Check that the contractor’s vehicle has signs or markings on it with the business name, phone number and the appropriate state license plates. Then take the information and check it using bbb.org.
Warning to area contractors
Be aware of storm chasers willing to pay local construction companies substantial amounts of money to use a local company’s established name, reputation and phone so they can masquerade as a local business. After doing repairs paid by insurance companies, the out-of-state contractors left the area. Many contractors who agreed to let these storm chasers use their name regret their decision once they were left holding the bag of unsatisfied customers due to bad workmanship and/or unfulfilled warranties. If you are aware of a scam occurring because of a storm chaser or insurance fraud, please let BBB know by reporting to our Scam Tracker. This is applies to consumers and businesses. Disaster victims should never feel forced to make a hasty decision or to choose an unknown contractor and are invited to use their tablet or cell phone to Look for the Seal by visiting our BBB Accredited Business Directory on bbb.org.
UPDATED April 6, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Absentee voting begins April 7
Tuesday, April 7, will begin the absentee voting for the 2015 Primary Municipal Election. The clerk’s office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (and during lunch). Saturday hours will be April 25 and May 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Precincts voting will be Adams 3, Laughery 1-1, 2-1, 3-1 (city of Batesville only). Only Batesville is having a Primary. There is a contested race for mayor on the Democratic ticket and also contested races for some council seats.
UPDATED January 15, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.
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