The Normal Town Council will consider a new licensing option for tree trimmers and cutters in an effort to protect residents from illegal services. (B Corbin/WJBC)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
NORMAL - Normal's Town Council will meet Tuesday night because Monday is the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The only general order of business will be an ordinance requiring tree trimmers and cutters to get a special license from the town before doing business.
City Manager Mark Peterson said Councilman Kevin McCarthy had a neighbor who contracted with a door-to-door business to cut an ash tree. He said there was nothing wrong with the service, but staff thinks the woman was charged double what's typical.
"When we heard that, we thought, 'we should look into what other cities are doing,' and we found many communities in Illinois already have a licensing process for tree trimmers to make sure that they are not only qualified to trim trees, but also they have the appropriate amount of insurance," Peterson said.
The town can't regulate what the companies charge. Peterson said the ordinance would also let companies know about the local brush disposal requirements. Brush can't be left on the curb for pick-up.
Companies that sell door-to-door are required to register with the town clerk.
Also, before the council meeting Tuesday night, the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget will be released.