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Bruce Taylor, Deputy City Clerk

Cape Girardeau City Council


Appointment of two members to the Board of Examiners for a term expiring January 1, 2020.


The terms of Jeffrey Heise, and James Bowling expire on January 1, 2017. Both would like to be reappointed.

The Board of Examiners is responsible for examining the qualifications of new applicants for a plumber's license, mechanical installer's license, master drainlayer's license and electrician's license and serves to advise the city council and city staff as to any recommendations they deem appropriate with regard to the licensing of these trades in the City of Cape Girardeau.  An Ordinance was approved on March 7, 2016 that amended the duties. This amendment allows staff to issue licenses of reciprocity for electrical contractors pursuant to  RSMo 67.275.  An Ordinance was approved on December 5, 2016 that amended the duties of the Board. This amendment allows staff to review and approve applicants for re-examination, without requiring their appearance before the Board to re-review their qualifications. 
There are eight members on the Board.  Seven of the eight members must hold a valid trades license, with one member being an at-large position and not required to hold a license.  Two of the eight members may be residents of Cape Girardeau County but must hold a valid trades license.

In February of 2013 and in October of 2014, an Ordinance was proposed to the City Council to eliminate the Board of Examiners and to make the review of applicants a staff function. In February of 2013 there were several vacancies on the board, some term limited board members, and no qualified applicants. The Council deferred voting on the ordinance, and the Board found qualified applicants to serve on the board. In July of 2014, a similar situation occurred. An Ordinance was proposed again in October. The Board was able to get qualified applicants and pleaded with Council to not approve the Ordinance at the Second and Third Readings of the Ordinance that would repeal the Board of Examiners. The Bill did not pass. An excerpt of the Council Meeting Minutes pertaining to the Bill is attached. Between Ocober 2014 and December 2015, the Board of Examiners met seven times. In 2016, the Board met four times.
A copy of the roster and attendance are attached for your review.  The current applications on file with the City Clerk's Office are only the applications of the two members whose terms are expiring.

Unless directed otherwise two appointments to the Board of Examiners for a term expiring January 1, 2020, will appear on a future agenda for consideration.
roster_attendance.examiners.pdfAttendance Roster
min.10-20-14_regular.pdfExcerpt 10/20/2014 Council Minutes