At the Oct. 6 meeting, City Council passed the first of up to three readings of an ordinance to transfer Board of Examiners responsibilities to city staff.
Read the full bill online: BILL NO. 14-164, an Ordinance amending Chapter 2 and Chapter 15 of the City Code by repealing the Board of Examiners, and enacting new Sections 15-426 and 15-427 regarding processing of applications. First Reading.
The Board of Examiners typically reviews the qualifications of 1-4 applicants per month for trades licenses including:
- Mechanical Installer
- Master Drainlayer
Applicants must then take a test to earn a license to operate in the city of Cape Girardeau.
The Board members themselves must:
- Have at least six years practical experience in one of the construction trades
- Be licensed
- Be actually engaged in or working at their construction trade at the time of their appointment
Since staff already processes 900 – 1,200 licenses and renewals per year, is knowledgeable on license requirements, and can execute the process in a transparent manner, they recommended simplifying the process by making the testing qualification review a staff function.
What do you think? Comment below or directly to staff or City Council online.