DOWNEY - The city of Downey is reminding residents that they are under no obligation to pay for curbside address painting, which is getting underway this month.Neighborhood Curb Painting Services (NCPS) is the only permitted company to paint address numbers on street curbs. The company receives no money from the city but is allowed to solicit donations in support of Compassion Ministries. Residents are under no obligation to donate. Residents who do make a contribution receive a receipt that includes the charity's federal ID number for tax purposes. If no one is home when the address is painted, NCPS may return to the house and leave a note encouraging a donation by mail. City officials said unpermitted address painting is common during difficult economic times. In fact, the city has already received "several" complaints regarding address painters. If a curb painter comes to your door and cannot show a copy of their city permit, or their notice does not include contact information, they are likely unpermitted and should be reported to Code Enforcement by calling (562) 904-2392 between Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Outside of these hours, incidents should be reported to Downey Police at (562) 861-0771. Threatening solicitors should be reported by calling 911. Errors made by unpermitted painters should be reported to the city's Engineering Division at (562) 904-7110.
********** Published: April 4, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 51