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December 3, 2013

Cass County commissioners pass contractor registration ordinance

Legislation spells out fees and rules for work in areas of Cass County.

Cass County commissioners passed an ordinance on first reading Monday that would require contractors to register with the county before doing work in unincorporated towns.

The proposed legislation states any person or business entering into a contract for “any type of construction, repair, remodeling, demolition or upgrade activity” must register with and follow regulations established by the county.

The introduction of the ordinance states its purpose stems from a desire to better maintain the safety, protection of property, environmental health and energy conservation principles outlined in the Indiana Building Code, which was adopted by the county.

“We’ve had calls and concerns in the past about contractors leaving sites and leaving them worse than how they started,” said Logansport-Cass County Planning Director Arin Shaver to commissioners Monday while introducing the ordinance.

To register, contractors and subcontractors must complete an application, part of which asks for proof of insurance in the areas of bodily injury, property damage, and workman’s compensation.

The Cass County building commissioner, currently Ray Staller, will maintain this registry.

Registration would last one year, with renewals due Jan. 1 of each year following the initial registration. General contractors would have to pay an annual fee of $50 and subcontractors would have to pay an annual fee of $25.

The ordinance states commissioners would have the authority to suspend contractors for “materially false statements of fact,” on their applications, fraudulent behavior, deceit and activities performed outside of the state building code.

Violators are subject to fines ranging from $250 to $1,000, the ordinance states.

The ordinance also gives the building commissioner the authority to order any work being performed by contractors who are not registered to cease.

Public utility companies and their subcontractors along with property owners and tenants working on their own properties are exempt from registration requirements, the ordinance also states.

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