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PLANNING BOARD DISCUSSES LICENSING CONTRACTORS

The Silver Creek Planning Board Tuesday continued discussions on a proposal to license contractors in the village.

Board members agreed to prepare suggestions for the specifics of how the licensing program would work. A draft document then will be presented to the Village Board for its consideration. If approved, a public hearing would be held.

During a discussion on the issue, it was suggested that a certificate of insurance be required for work on all buildings, including houses, requiring a building permit. Also, any contractor performing this work would have to pass a licensing test.

Smaller jobs that do not require a building permit would not require the worker to be licensed.

Frieda Barnes was the only Planning Board member who opposed the licensing requirement.

"I'm not convinced this is really a problem in the village," she said. "It's just introducing more government and red tape. I see a lot of laws, and they're good laws, that are not being enforced now."

Mrs. Barnes also expressed concerns about the possibility of ruining smaller "handyman" businesses if a licensing requirement is put in place.

Gerry Zoladz suggested just having the insurance requirement and not a licensing requirement, which would still protect property owners.

If unsatisfactory work would were to be performed by a contractor, a claim could be made with the insurance company.

In other action, it was announced that David MacLeod, a state coastal resource specialist, and Ellen Kost of the Peter J. Smith consulting firm will meet with the Planning Board starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall to discuss the Local Waterfront Development Plan.

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