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Tree crews need to have permits

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

SIKESTON -- With all the limbs down around town, it's easy for someone to decide to make some extra money helping to clean up the debris.

But those crews need to ensure they have the proper license to do so.

"If you don't have a license and the Department of Public Safety catches you, they will issue you a statement and make you stop," said Doug Friend, Sikeston's city manager.

Those who are working for hire to clean up need to go to City Hall to obtain a license. They are required to show they have liability insurance and worker's compensation, said Friend.

"We're doing what the ordinance allows us to do and putting in the minimal safeguards," he continued. "But we can't vouch for their work or ethics, or determine how legitimate the company is."

All homeowners who are approached by individuals for clean up services are encouraged to ask to see a license, said Friend. That is one way to help prevent fraud when there are several people out looking to scam others.