DADEVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Contractors in Dadeville will soon be able to work again. The City Council amended an ordinance requiring all contractors doing business in the city to carry general liability insurance. Many of the contractors here said they wouldn't be able stay in business after the council required them to carry $100,000 in liability insurance before they could get a business license.
"We are small business owners, because we like being small business owners," said William Martin, a contractor. "This is the American Dream, not only to own our home and automobile, and provide our family even to own our own business."
"You know a small business just can't come up with $1500 or $2000 dollars just like that and that's been the hold up," said Victor Pritchard, a contractor.
Contractors also pointed out that cities surrounding Dadeville do not have a similar requirement. The council members listened to the contractors' concerns and decided to amend the ordinance. Now only contractors who do business worth more than $10,000 would be required to carry the insurance.
"I just want to do the right thing for everybody, I don't want anybody to come up short," said Frank Goodman, a Dadeville City Councilman.
City officials told WSFA 12 News the intent of the ordinance was to help homeowners, and they didn't intend to put people out of work.
"That's the last thing we wanted to do," said Mike Ingram, the Mayor of Dadeville. "If they're working, they've got a chance to spend money, we get the sales tax money off of them, and that helps the city operate."
The mayor says the council will likely revisit the issue later this year.