An ordinance requiring tree trimmers and cutters to be licensed with the town of Normal will be redrafted for council consideration. (B. Corbin/WJBC)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
NORMAL - Normal's Town Council didn't vote Tuesday night on an ordinance requiring tree trimmers and cutters to be licensed with the town before operating.
Mayor Chris Koos said council members heard concerns from smaller business owners about an education requirement to 'possesses current certification as an arborist.'
"It's a fairly involved process to get that certification and people who are just trimming don't need it," Koos said. "There are other certifications that are out there in terms of safety and use of roping and things like that."
Koos said larger companies that advise on tree diseases have arborists. But, he said smaller companies have contracted in the community and do residential trimming on the side.
The council was considering the ordinance in response to an influx of out-of-town companies selling door-to-door business to cut dead ash trees. City Manager Mark Peterson said there was concern that some businesses were overcharging.
Councilman Kevin McCarthy said he'd like to talk to local business owners.
"Certainly we're trying to protect our citizens, but at the same time we don't want to restrict or put the small business-person under duress as a result of something we're doing here," McCarthy said.
Councilwoman Sonja Reece said she doesn't want to hold off for too long, in order to help residents who may not understand costs for that particular service.
"I think there is a special need at this point and I would not say delay on it," Reece said.
Town staff will rework the education requirement and will reach out to the industry for input.