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The City of Eudora began the process of looking at how to license contractors that work in the city limits of Eudora.  Currently, the city does not have any ordinances that pertain to contractor licensing.  What this means is that anyone  can build or remodel any type of structure in the city limits no matter their skills, experience or qualifications.

Curt  Bauman, codes inspector for the City of Eudora, stated during the city Council meeting on Monday night that most municipalities that surround Eudora have some type of licensing procedure already in place.  City staff has recommended that the city join the Johnson County License Review Board.

The JCLRB is one of the few boards in the state and currently serves many of the municipalities in Johnson County and the East Central Kansas region. Bauman stated at the the beginning of his presentation that this program is not a revenue enhancing program for the city nor will it cost the city money to join the board.  The expenses for this board are paid for by the contractors who pay a first time registration fee and then a yearly license fee.

“This is to help protect the citizens of Eudora,” Bauman said. “This will help ensure that they are getting a contractor of quality.”

According to Bauman, the ordinances requiring licensing through the JCLRB, if approved by the City, would go into effect near the end of the year.

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One Response to Contractor licensing likely coming in the near future

  • WOW we will have more fees and laws than a city of 100,000.000 but not even a McDonalds or a Hardware store.
    Maybe the city should look into attracting a few businesses and get the money train going with sales tax revenue.
    I think most people in Eudora are smart enough to know if a contractor is going to do them right or be a bonehead and rip them off.
    This new city outlook to ” better Eudora ” has done more to harm business and set Eudora back 40 years then anything in the past 50 years. They look to be gearing up for a building boom or? I think a plan to fix all that has been let fall apart in the last 50 years might be a plan to help in the future.
    Cost of doing business vs. revenue in Eudora makes it a HUGE gamble to do business in Eudora and 96% fail in 2 years due to this. The overhead is so high for so little you can not keep a business in the black.
    Lets see, City cost of operation up 32% in 2011 City sales tax revenue down 60% in 2011 I see everyday this city is doing something to cost the people of Eudora more and more and pays the city officials more and more.
    Does Eudora need so may inspectors and city staff? Other cities rent them for pennies and don’t have all those employment costs. The city could cut its cost of operations $300.000.00 a year very easily and fix a street or two.
    As you can tell i do not think the leaders of Eudora are in the know of what is best for Eudora at this time. They do know how to make it tougher to do business in Eudora though. They do also know how to pay themselves more and keep tax rates up, this i give them an A+ on.