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7/2/2014 6:08:00 AM
La Salle scrutinizes electricians, properties

Rachel Stella
Media Editor

Electrical contractors will be required to demonstrate a certain amount of proficiency to take jobs in the city of La Salle.

The city council voted Tuesday to begin drafting an ordinance that would require anyone hired for electrical work to have “a minimum level of competency,” according to building inspector Chris Covert.

Covert said other municipalities, including Ottawa, Normal, DeKalb and Peoria, had such licensing ordinances. He also said that La Salle workers were using the 2002 electrical code.

“Everyone has a more current code than we do,” he said.

The exact logistics of how to approve workers are not finalized, but Covert said he envisioned them either showing proof of work experience or passing a competency exam.

The licensing would apply to anyone hired for electrical work by anyone for any building in La Salle. The finished work would still be required to pass city inspection.

“We’re just trying to have safe houses and businesses,” Covert said.

Those run-down buildings again…
Concerned resident Cathy Tomlinson called on the council to take legal action against owners of untidy residential buildings in her neighborhood.

One home needed its grass cut, she said. Another was vacant. A third had some repair work started, but the work had come to a stop.

Worst of all, to Tomlinson, was “the monster apartment building” at 617 Sixth St. She said she was tired of fighting with the owner over the property’s maintenance.

“It’s time to do something,” she said.

The council voted to proceed with the process of taking action against the property’s owner.

An honor for Lily
The council recognized a proclamation from Gov. Pat Quinn declaring June 28, 2014, as Lily Rosploch Day in the city of La Salle.

The proclamation recognized the day as Lily’s fifth birthday and acknowledged her diagnosis of neuroblastoma as well as the “Rally for Lily” community of support, which includes 46,690 followers.

New Boy Scout leader
The council heard from Dan Mathews, who introduced himself as the new scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 20. The troop meets in the La Salle VFW and has plans for future service projects around the city, Mathews said.

Gas service addition
The council granted a request from Ameren Illinois to break ground at 1819 Creve Coeur St. to install gas service.

Rachel Stella can be reached at (815) 220-6933 or

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