The City of Mentor’s December “Special Edition” newsletter has been delivered to the post office and should be in mail boxes this week. Additional copies are available at Mentor City Hall and the main branch of the Mentor Public Library. Here’s a digital copy, if you’d like to read it online.
One of the goals of Mentor’s Deer Management Plan is to reduce the number of deer/vehicle accidents. With grant funds received from the Ohio Department of Transportation, the city agreed to test Deer Deter units. The devices have been known to reduce accidents in other states by as much as 70-90%. Mentor is the first city in Ohio to use the system.
The devices were installed in November on portions of Lake Shore Boulevard, Hopkins Road and State Route 306. The units capture solar radiation so they are always charged. When headlights hit the side of the unit, it becomes activated and emits a blinking light and a beeping sound; this is intended to distract the deer and keep them from crossing in front of the oncoming vehicle. In the last ten years, nearly 800 deer/vehicle accidents have occurred in Mentor. The devices have been installed in many of those high incident locations.
November is the most dangerous month for deer/vehicle accidents and insurance companies list Ohio as a high risk state. Motorists are reminded that deer generally travel in herds; if you see one, there is a strong possibility that others are nearby.
For more information on the Deer Deter program call the Parks Department at (440) 974-5720 and ask for Nick Mikash or Cody Uhas. You can also email either of them at Mikash@cityofmentor.com or Uhas@cityofmentor.com.
The City of Mentor will sell the following surplus property via internet auction. They will be listed “for sale” at the Public Surplus web site, www.publicsurplus.com, Agency: City of Mentor, Category: Computers/General
2001 Gestetner 3227 Copier, Serial #H2411900846
2002 Canon Image Runner 5000, Serial #MPL42255
2003 Toshiba Estudio 35 Digital Copier, Serial #CUG370534
2005 Konica Minolta BizHub Copier, Model #DI3510, Serial #31732149
2005 Sharp, Model #ARM355 U, Serial #355UA 55023624
The auction will begin at 8:00 a.m. October 30, 2013 and end 14 days later.
Equipment will be available for inspection at the City of Mentor, 8500 Civic Center Boulevard, Mentor, Ohio 44060 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call Du-Wayne Henke (440) 974-5772 to schedule an appointment.
THE CITY OF MENTOR, ITS OFFICERS, EMPLOYERS AND AGENTS OFFER THESE ITEMS FOR SALE “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY. THE CITY OF MENTOR, ITS OFFICERS, EMPLOYERS AND AGENTS SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
Kenneth J. Filipiak, City Manager
Per Ordinance 07-O-78 the City of Mentor Police Department will sell the following seized vehicles via Internet auction: The vehicles will be listed “for sale” at the Public Surplus web site, www.publicsurplus.com. Agency: City of Mentor, Category: Motor Pool/Auto.
1996 Buick Regal, Serial #2G4WF52K6T1465293, Poor condition, Mileage – 97,685
1999 Acura CL, Serial #19UYA3250XL004618, Fair condition, Mileage – 155,966
2000 Dodge Stratus, Serial # 1B3EJ46X2YN111700, Fair condition, Mileage – 118,504
2001 Toyota Camry, Serial # JT2BG22K510549508, Fair condition, Mileage – 110,980
2002 Cadillac DeVille, Serial # 1G6KD54YX2U285492, Fair condition, Mileage – 113,832
2004 Grand Cherokee Jeep, Serial #1J4GW48564C376694, Poor condition, Mileage – 107,048
2005 Chevy Pick-Up Truck, Serial #1GCHK24275E103432, Fair condition, Mileage 154,022
2007 Ford Taurus, Serial #1FAFP53U17A161128, Fair condition, Mileage – 121,060
The auction will begin 8:00 a.m. Monday, November 25, 2013 and end twenty-one (21) days later.
Vehicles will be available for inspection at the Mentor Maintenance Facility, 6645 Hopkins Road, Mentor, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call Ray Naro at 440-974-5782 to schedule an appointment.
THE CITY OF MENTOR, ITS OFFICERS, EMPLOYERS, AND AGENTS OFFER THESE VEHICLES FOR SALE “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY. THE CITY OF MENTOR, ITS OFFICERS, EMPLOYERS AND AGENTS, SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Kenneth J. Filipiak, City Manager
Per Ordinance 07-O-78 the City of Mentor Police Department will sell the following seized items via Internet auction: one bundle of four (4) Miscellaneous Cell Phones will be listed “for sale” at the Public Surplus web site, www.publicsurplus.com. Agency: City of Mentor, Category: Electronics/Phones:
HTC EVO – PB00100
Verizon LG – LG-VS700
Sprint HTC – PG86100
Sprint Samsung Moment – SPH-M900
The auction will begin 8:00 a.m. November 25, 2013 and end twenty-one (21) days later.
THE CITY OF MENTOR, ITS OFFICERS, EMPLOYERS, AND AGENTS OFFER THESE ITEMS FOR SALE “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY. THE CITY OF MENTOR, ITS OFFICERS, EMPLOYERS AND AGENTS, SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Kenneth Filipiak, City Manager
The CITY OF MENTOR will receive sealed proposals at the office of the Finance Department, 8500 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060, until NOON (local time), December 9, 2013 for:
PRINTING OF BROCHURES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES
Bids must be in accordance with specifications and on forms provided here or Request for Proposal packets will be available for pick up from the Purchasing Office.
Kenneth J. Filipiak, City Manager
The CITY OF MENTOR will receive sealed bids at the Purchasing Department, 8500 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060, until NOON (local time) on December 4, 2013 and will be opened and read immediately thereafter for the following project:
PORTABLE RESTROOM SERVICE
Bids must be in accordance with specifications advertised on the City of Mentor website or Request For Proposal packets will be available for pick-up at the Purchasing Office.
Kenneth Filipiak, City Manager
The City of Mentor is accepting resumes/applications for the following volunteer positions:
- Three, 4-Year Terms on the Board of Building & Zoning Appeals ending 12/31/17;
- Four, 4-Year Terms on the Municipal Planning Commission ending 12/31/17;
- Two, 4-Year Terms on the Civil Service Commission ending 12/31/17;
- One, 3-Year Term on the Community Arts Commission ending 12/31/16;
- One, 3-Year Term on the Fair Housing Board ending 12/31/16;
- One , 4-Year Term on the Greater Mentor Port Authority ending 12/31/17;
- One Unexpired, 4-Year Term on the Greater Mentor Port Authority ending 12/31/16;
- Two, 4-Year Terms on the Tree Commission ending 12/31/17.
Mentor residents seeking appointment to a position must submit an application/resume to the Clerk of Council. Deadline for submission is December 13, 2013. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (440) 974-5754.
Don’t be a Victim of Fraud
There are several types of fraud going around today that residents should be aware of and guard against. Some of these frauds intentionally target seniors, while others target anyone.
Recently, several residents were victims of three different types of scams. The first was a distraction burglary. This is usually perpetrated by two individuals. One of them will start up a conversation with the homeowner pretending to offer some type of service. This person will keep the homeowner occupied by getting him/her to go outside or to a different part of the house. Meanwhile, a second person will then enter the house and go directly to a bedroom where most people keep their valuables. In the most recent instances, a female engaged the homeowner about trimming trees and got the resident to go into the backyard while her male partner entered the home and made off with jewelry and collector coins. The entire time, the female was talking in a foreign language on a cell phone. If you did not contact anyone for a service, or the person does not show proper identification, tell them you are not interested and tell them to leave.
In another instance, a resident was approached by a female in a parking lot. The female showed the resident what appeared to be a large sum of money and was willing to split it with the resident. In this scam, the suspect will insist the person go to their bank to withdraw money as a “good faith” gesture to cover fees. A second suspect is usually involved posing as a banker, lawyer or trustworthy stranger. This scam is referred to as a “pigeon drop.” You should never have to pay money to anyone in order to get money. This is also true of letters or e-mails you may receive claiming you have won a foreign lottery. These usually want you to wire money to cover fees and taxes. Don’t do it.
Another recent scam specifically targeting seniors is known as the grandparent scam. The victim will receive a phone call from someone pretending to be one of their grandchildren. They will claim that they are out of town or out of the country and have some type of financial crisis that they do not want their parents to know about. They may claim to have been arrested, been in an accident or that their car had broken down. They will always ask to have money sent via Western Union or MoneyGram. Don’t be a victim. Before sending any money, check with family members to determine if the grandchild is really on a trip or traveling somewhere.
For those who use the internet and e-mail, there are frauds referred to as “phishing.” This involves receiving very authentic looking e-mails from banks, credit card companies, or government agencies such as the IRS, FBI or Social Security Administration. The e-mails will claim there is a problem and that they need to verify account and personal information. Government agencies will NOT send e-mails to gather information. If you do on-line banking, you have a user name and password; if you don’t need to log into your account to proceed then delete the e-mail. Always go outside of the e-mail to enter the banking location and never directly off of an e-mail. Notify your bank or credit card company through your online account of the possible scam.
Remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t give out information or send money until you verify it is legitimate. Don’t let anyone you don’t know or did not call for service into your home and don’t let them get you to leave your house. When in doubt, call the Mentor Police Department at 440-255-1234 for assistance.
Trick or Treat in Mentor is observed on Halloween, October 31, 2013 from 6-8 PM. We would remind residents to be careful when driving in the neighborhoods every night — but especially during the Trick or Treat hours (6-8 PM). Mentor patrol officers will be present in the neighborhoods. Have a safe and fun Halloween.