New Medicare Fraud Scam-Beware!

A new “spin” on the scam scene is making itself known in the area, and it is targeting Medicare this time.

The Lanark Police Department received two reports within the last week from people who have received a phone call from a person representing themselves to be with either Social Security or Medicare. According to Chief Matt Magill, the scam usually starts with a series of questions from the caller which is designed to make the call seem legitimate. The scammer says the call is about doing a “Medicare Home Assessment”, and may say it is because of COVID-19 that they are “doing this by telephone now”.

After some of the questions, the scam caller will mention some information that is on the victim’s Medicare Card, but not specifically ask any question. The caller will say “The bottom corner has a number on it that is your ID number”, and then pauses. If the victim is not being careful, they will then read the number off, which is exactly what the scammer wants to hear.

Remember, NEVER give out personal information over the phone, EVER! Chief Magill reminds us that the IRS, Social Security, or other agencies will NEVER ask for such information over the phone. If you receive a call such as this, simply hang-up. Don’t say anything, or try to out-smart the caller. Just hang-up, it is always your best move!

Local Area Faces New COVID-19 Restrictions

On Tuesday, the Governor and the Illinois Department of Public Health, announced that due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in our region, new mitigations will be implemented beginning this Saturday October 3rd.

The Office of The Governor provided a press release outlining the measures, which include ceasing indoor food and alcohol service in all restaurants and bars, earlier closing hours, social group event limit at 25 persons, and several other restrictions. These restrictions will remain in place until the Region sees a positivity rate drop below 6.5% for three consecutive days, and more stringent measures if the rate does not fall within 14days. Click here to read the release.

From the Mayor’s Desk…

From the Mayor

I recently learned that that only around 15% of our new and young voters are actually voting. I’m genuinely sad to hear this.

The future should belong to you, not my generation that grew up with no cellphone, internet or even color TV.

We have elections coming up November 3,2020 and April 6, 2021.

My message is simple…PLEASE PLEASE VOTE.

Thanks,

Mayor Ken Viglietta

City Services and Offices move into Phase 4 Opening

The City Hall Offices, Library and Police Department have returned to “open” status.

Please keep in mind that the IDPH guidelines for Social Distancing are to be adhered to, as well as use of a cloth face mask or covering whenever Social Distancing is difficult to maintain, and highly suggested when indoors. (Masks *required* in the Library) This can be a difficult transition period for many people and we ask that you respect the feelings of others and refrain from attempting physical contact such as hand-shaking or other similar conduct. Together, we can make the move to Phase 5 sooner, rather than later.

Important Reminder About Brush Pickup

Reminder! The City will no longer accept large piles of brush or tree trimmings. All brush must be able to fit into the large 55 gallon plastic trash cans, and not weigh more than 50 Lbs. Multiple cans ARE allowed. If you have brush that exceeds these limits, please contact the Maintenance Department for further instructions on how to dispose of the brush. 815-493-6832

DO NOT place any stumps, roots, landscape material, lumber, firewood, or other foreign objects in the cans. The City has a location for you to discard these items near the front gate of the Sewer Plant. Please notice the signs in that location to direct you where to place your items.

Important Notice on IRS Phone Scam!

Individuals impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees are making unsolicited threatening telephone calls to taxpayers. They use the threat of arrest to obtain money from victims by falsely representing that the victims owe back taxes or other fees.

Please be aware that it is HIGHLY UNUSUAL for the IRS to contact you by telephone! This is a growing scam that is costing innocent taxpayers many thousands of dollars, and we have had calls to several Lanark residents already. Please be wary of any such calls, and do not give any information at all over the phone. Your best course of action is to hang up immediately, and call the Lanark Police Department at 815-493-6931 to report the attempt.

CLICK HERE and read the scam notice from the Treasury Inspector General’s Office

UTV/Golf Cart Ordinance is now in effect!

The Lanark City Council voted August 7th to pass an ordinance permitting the operation of certain “UTV’s” (Utility Task Vehicle, also known as a “side by side”) and Golf Carts on City streets, with some exceptions.

The full text of the new ordinance is available HERE.  Registration stickers are now available, and registrations are taking place. Please contact Matt at the Police Department number, 815-493-6931 to set up a time for the registration process. The process includes a brief inspection at the Police Department, and owners should ensure they have obtained insurance for the vehicle and possess an Illinois Insurance Identification Card that specifically states it is for the non-highway vehicle. Cards that only list automobiles will NOT be accepted.

Once the inspection is complete and all requirements are satisfied per the Code, a numbered registration sticker will be placed on the non-highway vehicle plus a sticker indicating the year it is valid for. With the end of 2018 approaching, the newly issued registrations will be good through 2019, with renewals due in 2020 before the vehicle is used in that year.

Please read and familiarize yourself with all of the requirements of the Code, paying close attention to where operation of the non-highway vehicles are and are not allowed. Violators of any portion of the Code are subject to be issued a citation, plus a fine, and in more serious cases, the non-highway vehicle will be impounded. Read the rules! If you have any questions, please contact Matt Magill at the Police Department; 815-493-6931.