Solar meeting, new women’s group and an IRS scam: Five things to know in Burrillville this week

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BAAP weekly women’s meeting

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m., the Burrillville Addiction Assistance Program will hold a weekly women’s meeting at Wallace Lees Public Safety Complex at 1477 Victory Highway. The meetings will aim to provide women an opportunity to talk about their addiction, someone else’s addiction and/or mental health issues.

The Bugle

The latest edition of the Burrillville Bugle is now available online. Access the latest data and contact information from every town department from your computer or phone here.

BLT Forum on Solar Ordinances 

On Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Burrillville Land Trust is hosting a forum and public review on the model ordinances from the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and Statewide Planning. Members from OER and Statewide Planning will be on hand to give the presentation, review the suggested recommended ordinance and ask for input from both the policy making side, the planning and public interest side.

Over the last nearly two years, the Land Trust has attended stakeholder meetings offered by the OER to come up with model ordinances for Town Councils, Planning Boards and the public. The meetings included members from the environmental community, the policy, for profit, and professional side, as well as the general public. This is your chance to hear about the results of those stakeholder meetings. Town Council members, Planning Board members and land owners are encouraged to attend. Workshop attendees are asked to park on the left side parking lot when facing the front of police station. The title of the presentation is Guidance to Municipalities on Solar Development & Model Solar Ordinance.

Land Trust officials say that the information and results of those stakeholder meetings is important for everyone. As more and more land owners look for revenue in-order to hold on to their land, solar installations to generate electricity becomes more of an option.

The workshop is free and open to the general public For more information contact the BLT at (401) 447-1560.

Town meetings

The Planning Board will not hold their regular meeting, originally scheduled for Monday, Oct. 1.

The Board of Canvassers will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 to review the results of the statewide primary; review poll workers for the General Election to be held on November 6; review the poll worker training schedule; and certify mail ballots. The agenda can be found here.

The Burrillville Prevention Action Coalition will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Burrillville High School.

Scam alert

The Burrillville Police Department has received several calls regarding a scam involving someone who claims to be an agent with the IRS and demands a call back looking for payment or monies past due. This person claims that if payment is not received you will be arrested.

IRS impersonation telephone calls – as well as other types of unwanted calls such as telemarketing robocalls, fake grants, tech support, sweepstakes winnings and more – remain popular scams, according to BPD. Blocking these types of calls is one strategy to consider. Easy to install call blocking software for smartphones is available from Consumer Reports at https://www.consumerreports.org/…/robocall-blocke…/index.htm, Consumer’s Union at https://consumersunion.org/end-robocalls/solutions/, or CTIA at https://www.ctia.org/consumer-tips/robocalls.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee police recommend you view your tax account information online or review their payment options at IRS.gov to see the actual amount owed. If the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you, call them back using the appropriate online resources

  • If the individual is not an IRS employee and does not have a legitimate need to contact you and regardless of whether you were a victim of the scam or not, report the incident to the appropriate law enforcement agencies:
    IRS-related, report to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration via their online complaint form.
  • If Treasury-related, report to the Office of the Treasury Inspector General via OIGCounsel@oig.treas.gov.
  • Report IRS or Treasury-related fraudulent calls to phishing@irs.gov with the subject “IRS Phone Scam.”
  • For any fraudulent call, after listening to the message, do not provide any information and hang up. When you report the fraudulent call, include the telephone number of the caller; the telephone number you were instructed to call back; a brief description of the communication and if possible, include the employee name and badge number, the exact date and time that you received the call and the geographic location and time zone where you received the call.
  • In addition, consider filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission via their online complaint form by visiting the Consumer Complaint Center. Consumers should select the “phone” form and then the “Unwanted Calls” under “Phone Issues”, and provide details of the call in the description of their complaint.
  • File a complaint with the local Attorney General’s office via their form.
  • More information with regards to this type of activity can be found at https://www.irs.gov/privacy-disclosure/report-phishing.

The Burrillville Police Department does not investigate the origination of phishing calls.
If you have already fallen victim to this scam and have sent the money as requested, contact the Burrillville Police Department so a report can be filed. Note, however, that due to these calls originating outside of Burrillville and more than likely outside of this country these reports will be for informational purposes only.