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Police: Businesses say scammers claim to be from utility company

Janesville police said a scam targeting businesses has been reported in the area.

Four separate Janesville businesses reported receiving a phone call from 608-721-8076 recently, according to a news alert. The caller identifies themselves as a representative from Alliant Energy, and tells the business that their utility bill is past due.

The caller tells the business that their utilities will be disconnected within the hour if the bill is not paid, police said. The representative suggests the business pay with a debit or prepaid Green Dot card.

Alliant Energy officials told police they are not making the calls, and citizens should never give out any personal information over the phone.

Alliant Energy customers can call 800-255-4268 if they have questions about their account.

City of Beloit crews will start flushing hydrants July 21

City of Beloit crews will start flushing hydrants July 21

City of Beloit crews will be starting their annual fire hydrant flushing program on July 21, according to a release.

The program, which will go through November 26, ensures the fire hydrants are in good working condition in case of emergencies, and helps flush sediment out of the distribution system, officials said.

Residents may experience discolored water, low water pressure or a disruption of service during the flushing, according to the release. Residents are urged to reduce water use and consumption while crews are flushing hydrants in the area, and to wait to do laundry until after 6 p.m.

After hydrants are flushed in the area, residents should run their cold water until the water runs clear before using it, officials said.

Beloit officials remind residents of rules, regulations for swimming pools

Beloit officials remind residents of rules, regulations for swimming pools

City of Beloit officials are reminding residents of some rules and regulations the city has for swimming pools capable of holding more than 2 feet of water.

According to a release, all outdoor swimming pools that can hold more than 2 feet of water must be surrounded by a fence that is at least 4 feet high, and owners must have a valid permit before installing the pool.

Above-ground swimming pools that are available at retailers are also subject to the requirements, officials said.

All swimming pools must also be properly disinfected, and pools deeper than 4 feet must have a throwing buoy and lifeline available, according to the release.

Residents that already have a permit and fence for their swimming pools do not need to take any action, officials said.

Anyone with questions or looking to report an unsafe pool should call 608-364-6700.

Edgerton hospital to dedicate healing garden

Edgerton hospital to dedicate healing garden

Edgerton Hospital's Healing Garden will be dedicated on June 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the hospital.

Organizers encouraged the community to attend the event, which will include a ribbon cutting, blessing, garden tours, light refreshments, live music by students from the Edgerton school district, fitness demonstrations and the opportunity to visit with key hospital staff.

The Healing Garden, which has been under development since the hospital's opening in 2011, is near completion and now allows access to visitors from the outside.

The Healing Garden is open to the community and aims to reduce stress, offer opportunities for wellness activities and help people feel at ease.

Officials said the garden offers accessible walking paths, water features, quiet areas for contemplation, a pavilion and a myriad of therapeutic plantings. Hiking trails are also open to the community.

Beloit Utilities goes green with paperless e-statements

Beloit Utilities goes green with paperless e-statements

The city of Beloit announced Friday that residents will now be able to get their Beloit Utilities statement online.

E-statements are available to all customers whether they currently pay using automatic payment, electronic banking, the online payment service, over the phone, in person, at the city hall drop or by mail, according to the release.

The new e-statements are part of an effort to “protect resources and become more sustainable,” officials said.

The program will help the city save paper, it will make keeping customer records more efficient and help the city save money on postage, printing and mailing, according to the release. E-Statements will also eliminate delivery and receipt delays due to mailing paper bills.

Beloit trash, recycling will not be collected Thursday

City of Beloit officials want to remind residents that trash and recycling will not be collected on Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving.

Collection for the remainder of the week will be delayed by one day, according to a release.

Thursday collection will take place on Friday, and Friday collection will take place on Saturday, officials said.

The recycling center at 2351 Springbrook Ct. will be closed Saturday to accommodate staffing needs for Saturday’s garbage and recycling collection, according to the release.

For more information, call the city of Beloit Public Works Operations Division at 608-364-2929.

Last week of free fall curbside collection started Monday

Last week of free fall curbside collection started Monday

City of Beloit officials want to remind residents that the final week of free fall curbside yard waste collection started Monday and ends Friday.

Crews will collect leaves and yard clippings on residents’ regular trash days, according to a release.

Yard waste must be contained in paper yard waste bags, Back to Nature biodegradable bags or a clean trash container, officials said. Brush and limbs must be bundled or tied, and have a $1.50 sticker affixed to the bundle.

Officials suggest contacting Leaflan Compost Center at 608-364-1909 for additional recycling options.