Ti may license contractors

Hearing set Sept. 9 on proposed law

— A law requiring contractors to be licensed by the town is being considered by Ticonderoga officials.

A public hearing on a proposed law to “regulate contracting businesses in the town of Ticonderoga” will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Community Building.

If adopted by Ti trustees, the law will require all contractors doing business in the town to be licensed by the town board.

A license application must be made to the town clerk and include a contractor’s proof of insurance, proof the company has worker’s compensation insurance, a state sales tax number and a list of any prior criminal offenses. Applications will then be considered the the town board.

To enforce the law, if adopted, Supervisor Deb Malaney said building permits for projects in the town will not be issued unless a town-licensed contractor is doing the work. Homeowners doing their own projects will be exempt, the supervisor said.

Penalties for non-licensed contractors will be fines of $250 for each offense and up to 15 days in jail, if the proposal becomes law.

Malaney said the proposed law is the result of concerns expressed by contractors themselves.

“Legitimate contractors are in favor of this,” Malaney said. “They see it as protection for themselves and for homeowners.”

Some contractors are concerned they are losing work to less-than-reputable contractors who promises work for lower prices, Malaney said.

Town officials are also concerned about homeowners, she said.

“Homeowners are liable for what happens on their property unless a contractor has his own insurance,” she said. “We don’t want a situation where someone gets injured and a homeowner is responsible for the medical costs. This will protect homeowners when the hire a contractor. It’s important for a homeowner to know if a contractor has insurance.”

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