City Council Passes First Reading to Dissolve the Board of Examiners

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:

  • Plumber
  • Mechanical Installer
  • Master Drainlayer
  • Electrician

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.