Marshall County Building Inspector Proposes Change to Contractor Registration

A public hearing will be held Dec. 2 in the Marshall County Commissioners meeting room in the county building to gather comments on a proposed change to the contractor registration.

Marshall County Building Inspector Chuck DeWitt explained that there have been some issues with low bonding amounts for contractors. DeWitt told the commissioners that a contractor made an error in some concrete work and truss work which caused a $30,000 loss to the homeowner to have that work redone. The bond only covered $5,000. Another incident resulted in $19,000 in substandard work after an inspection.

DeWitt proposes a change to the contractor registration that would increase the contractor’s bond amount. He suggested changing the bond amount from $5,000 to $10,000. DeWitt said that the fee for the bonding shouldn’t change, but County Attorney Jim Clevenger suggested holding a public hearing so contractors and other members of the public can comment on the proposed change.

Since that is the only change and no fees will be changed, just that paragraph will be advertised. A public hearing will be set for Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. ET.

Commission President Kevin Overmyer said sometime in 2014 the commissioners should review the current fee schedule and possibly increase those fees as a lot of those fees do not cover the actions of the building inspector.