During its Dec. 18 regular meeting, the Lewisville City Council will consider forming a contractor registration board and requiring independent contractors to register with the city, as well as adjusting the cost of trash management in the city.
According to the memorandum from neighborhood and inspections services director Wayne Snell in the meeting’s background material, the city used to register contractors, but eliminated the requirement to streamline the permitting process. The idea was to get all the necessary information when the contractors submitted their building permit applications. However, under the current system, if work is completed without a permit and later found out by city inspectors, the city will do everything it can to not require the property owner to tear the improvements down. Snell said this creates an environment in which contractors have no real incentive to apply for building permits in the first place.
Requiring contractors to register would allow the city to require contractors to be insured and comply with city ordinances or no longer be allowed to work in Lewisville, Snell said. Sign and fence contractors are still required to register with the city. Registering as a contractor with the city costs $80. The new ordinance would exempt plumbing and electrical contractors.
The new ordinance would establish a fee of up to $500 per violation, which becomes a fee of up to $2,000 per violation if it relates to fire safety, zoning or public health and sanitation. This is considered an emergency ordinance, meaning that the rule it be read publicly at three different meetings has been waived and it will go into effect immediately if passed.
The council will also consider increasing the cost of waste collection by 3.2 percent to stay in line with city trash disposal contractor Waste Management’s fees, which will increase by 3.2 percent to stay in line with the cost of living. Waste Management alerted the city in September that it would be increasing its rates effective Jan. 1 based on the rising DFW Consumer Price Index, and that’s when the fee increase will go into effect should the council approve it.
The Dec. 18 regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers in City Hall, preceded by a 6:30 p.m. workshop session in which the council will discuss agenda and consent agenda items. Council meetings are recorded and posted on the city Youtube channel.