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Ticonderoga opts not to require contractors to be licensed

Opposition speaks out

— Ticonderoga will not enact a law requiring contractors to be licensed by the town.

Several contractors spoke in opposition during a public hearing Sept. 8 on a proposed law to “regulate contracting businesses in the town of Ticonderoga.”

The law would have required all contractors doing business in the town to be licensed by the town board.

A license application would have been made to the town clerk and included 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 would have then been considered the the town board.

To enforce the law, building permits for projects in the town would not have been issued unless a town-licensed contractor was doing the work. Homeowners doing their own projects would have been exempt.

Contractors Lee Peters, Steve Patnode and Steve Mackay spoke against the proposed law at the hearing, claiming the measure would place unnecessary burdens on contractors.

Following the hearing the town board decided to take no action on the proposal law, effectively killing it.

“It was just another level of increased government regulation,” Ti trustee Wayne Taylor said. “I don’t feel it’s needed.”

Supervisor Deb Malaney said the proposed law was 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 promise work for lower prices, Malaney said.

Malaney also concerned about homeowners.

“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 kno

.w if a contractor has insurance.”

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