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Letter from Mayor Hettinger to the Adelphi Community

Hello,

If residents should have concerns or complaints about anything village related (can’t help with neighbor to neighbor disputes) please contact the village administrators office at 740-655-3443 and leave a message if no answer, or email me at  mayor@adelphiohio.com, or feel free to attend a village council meeting.  Meetings are generally the 2nd Tuesday at 7 pm.  There is an appropriate time and place to conduct business.  I’m happy to take the time to meet with any of our residents or property owners one on one if they legitimately cannot attend a meeting.  Please do not come to my door and interrupt my family time, or question my wife about village business when she is out in public, she is not privy to what is going on, and does not wish to be.

I am paid $300 a month to do this job, and at the end of the day I make far less than minimum wage for the time invested to look out for the interest of our community.  Our average attendance from residents at our meetings is less than 1 person, has been for years.  That makes it really hard for your officials to understand and look out for the needs of the community.

I know it’s not popular, but there was a sewer rate increase implemented this July, the first rate increase ever since the system was brought online in 2008.  We’ve operated at a deficit for 5 years to avoid raising rates and there will most likely be another increase in rates following shortly, due to EPA mandated improvements at the plant that treats our waste.

If you’ve been around the area long you know that it took Adelphi many years to complete the sewer system.  My part of the project came in under budget and ahead of schedule.  The previous administrations are to blame for the mismanagement of your money and the high cost of sewage treatment.  When I took office they had been non compliant with EPA orders for 38 years.  A previous administration authorized work that was unapproved by the EPA and the village had to pay for that. The initial low bidder on the project which the village was required to accept defaulted on the project which resulted in litigation and more added cost to all of us.

Just last week myself, the council president and a few others from the community took time off work, or away from their families or otherwise volunteered to conduct smoke testing of our villages sanitary sewer system to identify possible sources of clean water infiltration that results in unnecessary expense to all of us.

Your village officials have worked long and hard to keep the current rate increase to a minimum, it was initially projected that a 28% increase was necessary, we were able to reduce that to roughly 13 %.

Adelphi has recently been awarded $192,400 in grant funds to help with our sewer infrastructure issues which are directly related to previous mismanagement. I’ve also spent the last 2 afternoons on the phone with our senators and representatives begging for $1 million dollars in aide due to cost overruns directly related to COVID 19 inflation on an EPA mandated project at the Laurelville waste water treatment plant.

The village always welcomes constructive input at our monthly meetings, via phone message, letter, or email.  My term expires 12/31/2023. I have been unopposed since 2008 and am the only current village official who had paid the filing fee to get on the ballot, everyone else has been appointed.   I’m tired, and welcome opposition, but will at a minimum, complete my current term.

P.S.  If you feel you can improve upon how we are doing things, I welcome you, please help our community.

Respectfully

Mayor Joshua Hettinger

 

ODJFS FRAUD CLAIMS INFORMATION

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has been made aware of a high number of fraudulent claims regarding Unemployment Benefits issued through the state of Ohio. Although the Ohio Attorney General’s Office provides many services to help victims of identity theft, the office cannot resolve or make a determination as to the validity of a claim. Only ODJFS can make an eligibility and/or fraud determination.

We are providing you with information from the Ohio Attorney General’s website that should assist you in the process of addressing these issues, should they arise. It is in the format of a few simple FAQs:

 

Q: How do I know if someone has fraudulently filed for Unemployment Benefits in my name?

A: If you have received one or more of the following and you did not file for Unemployment Benefits in 2020, you may have had a fraudulent claim made in your name:

  • A 1099-G tax form.
  • A letter from ODJFS stating that Unemployment Benefits have been applied for in your name.
  • A US Bank ReliaCard for funds you do not recognize or were not expecting.
  • Notification from your employer that ODJFS is inquiring about Unemployment Benefits that you did not apply for.

Q: What should I do if I receive one of the forms/notifications listed above?

A: You should follow these steps, in order:

  1. Contact ODJFS immediately.

You can report identity theft to ODJFS by completing an online form here or by visiting www.Unemployment.Ohio.Gov. You will need to enter personal information such as your Social Security number and your driver’s license number. If you do not have access to the internet, you can call ODJFS at 877-644-6562; please note wait times may be long.

Once you’ve successfully filed your report, ODJFS will send a confirmation email, investigate the claim and issue a correction to the IRS if fraud is determined.

Please note: There is not a mechanism in place for the Ohio Attorney General to contact ODJFS on your behalf to either start or expedite the process.

  1. Check your credit report.

Visit www.AnnualCreditReport.com or call 877-322-8228 to do so. A credit report will show all credit-related accounts open in your name, such as mortgages, credit cards and car loans. Credit reports are free through April 2021, and after that date, you are entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the main three credit reporting agencies. On your report, look for accounts and inquiries that you do not recognize. If you find anything suspicious, contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office (800-282-0515 or www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov).

  1. Consider placing an Initial Fraud Alert on your credit report.

A fraud alert makes it harder for an identity thief to open credit accounts in your name and lasts for one year. You need to contact only one of the credit agencies listed below to place the alert; the one you contact will share the information with the other two. The agencies are:

There is no charge to place an Initial Fraud Alert.

  1. Consider placing a permanent Security Freeze on your credit report.

A Security Freeze will prevent others from opening credit in your name; such a freeze is free to place and is permanent. (You must pause or end it to open a new account.) Unlike an Initial Fraud Alert, for a Security Freeze, you must contact all three of the credit reporting agencies. Use the contact information listed above to do so.

Q: Can the Ohio Attorney General’s Office resolve my Unemployment Benefits claim?

A: Although the Ohio Attorney General’s Office provides many services to help victims of identity theft, the office cannot resolve Unemployment Benefits claims; only ODJFS can make an eligibility and/or fraud determination. However, if after checking your credit report, you find accounts that do not belong to you, you are encouraged to contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Identity Theft Unit (800-282-0515 or www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov).

Q: Can the Ohio Attorney General help me with other tax-related issues, such as providing guidance on how to file my taxes in light of receiving a fraudulent 1099-G?

A: The Ohio Attorney General’s Office cannot help with filing taxes, but the following websites may be helpful:

Q: How can I protect myself from identity theft moving forward?

A: There are many ways in which you can protect yourself from further identity theft:

  • Never share personal information with someone who contacts you unexpectedly.
  • Place an Initial Fraud Alert or permanent Security Freeze on your credit reports.
  • Never carry unnecessary personal information, such as your Social Security card, in your wallet or purse.
  • Don’t conduct private business on personal WiFi.
  • Use hard-to-guess passwords, especially for websites in which you have personal information stored.

You can find the Ohio Attorney General’s Identity Theft Basics flier here.