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Parsons officials encouraging individuals to use reference checks when hiring contractors

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If you're thinking of making some improvements to your home...Parsons, Kansas officials are warning the public to make sure and check your contractor's references. After city inspectors found a man guilty of performing plumbing work without a license -- they're sending a warning out, to do your research.

Accidents happen everyday. That's why contractors are here. But, before they begin fixing your leaky pipes or that broken water heater, they have to follow certain guidelines.

"Just because you open up a phone book and there's a list of paid advertisers doesn't mean that they're licensed within the city." says Parsons Public Information Officer, Kari West.

In September 2013, Daniel Oakley of Altamont was convicted on four counts of plumbing without a license in the city of Parsons.

Since then, the city has been handling complaints from individuals who used Oakley's services, and resulted in work that was not up to code.

"You have a contractor without a license that's doing poor work, that's what catches the attention of the code enforcement office. And I don't want to comment on specifics in this instance, but the matter was brought to the attention of the code office and we went out and investigated and we determined that they were not using a license." says Parsons City Attorney, Ross Albertini.

To be an approved contractor in the city of parsons you simply have to show up here at city hall with your credentials and pay a small fee.

The city provides a list of approved contractors on their web site, but they warn-- if a deal is too good to be true, it probably is.

"We don't have a way to get your money back if you spent your money on something that's gone bad. That's really not the city's place to do that. So that's where we say buyer beware, you do need to check references." West says.

A list of the approved contractors from the city of Parsons can be found here, or by copying this link into your browser:
http://www.parsonsks.com/egov/docs/1390927482_669525.pdf

 

Press Release from City of Parsons:

 

PARSONS, KS --- The City of Parsons Inspection and Codes Enforcement Office is recommending that residents who are paying contractors to make repairs and home improvements to check the registered list of licensed companies before signing contracts.
Residents should be aware that the following types of work including any plumbing, electrical, or heat & air (HVAC), are required to be performed by licensed companies or individuals. The City maintains and active list of licensed contractors, updated quarterly on the web under the Community Development Department on the web at www.parsonsks.com <http://www.parsonsks.com>.
Many individuals within the city have utilized services from this company and risk having to remove and replace work that is not completed according to current city codes. "This is a real issue for residents," said Rick Hizey, Parsons City Inspector/Code Enforcement. "Many residents are shocked to find out the company they chose to do their repairs is not licensed."
The licensing process is designed to help protect residents and provide a sense of security in the selection of contractors. The City of Parsons requires all heat and air, plumbing and electrical contractors to annually renew their license which includes providing proof of successful Pro-Metrics Testing completion and a current copy of at least $300,000 in general liability insurance.
"Residents who choose to ignore the licensure requirements are not only putting themselves and their property at risk, they can be subject to Municipal Court fines, removal of work that has been completed," Albertini added. "Contractors who ignore our requirements face stiffer penalties."


To find the most up-to-date list of Licensed Contractors in the City of Parsons, call 421-7054 or go online to www.parsonsks.com under the community development link.

 

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