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May 2021

A Message from Councilwoman Sophia Gingrich - May 2021

 
May 9th, is the time of year when we celebrate
“Mother’s Day”
“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends—but only one mother in the whole world.” by Kate Douglas Wiggin.
 
May 1st May Day May 15th Armed Forces Day
May 1st Kentucky Derby        May 31st Memorial Day
May 5th Cinco DeMayo May 31st World NoTabacco Day
May 12th Ends Ramadan May 17th New Income Tax Day
 
Now that May is upon us, we will all be enjoying the nice weather, after a very long and unpredictable winter.
I know many residents here in our community will be making plans to work on projects to beautify their properties or just to make repairs.
If you have plans to do any repairs or renovations, please remember to do your due diligence when hiring a contractor.  The Berkeley Township Web site has many helpful points of information so that you protect yourself, the consumer.  A few of the points given are:
 
TIPS FOR CONSUMERS 
The Contractor must have a NJ Consumer Affairs Registration/License  number and it should resemble this style number  (#13VH12345600)
  • Contact Consumer Affairs to see if this NJ  registration/license is good and  if consumers have filed any complaints against the contractor and to ensure the contractor is  registered.
  • Get written estimates from at least three contractors. 
  • Ask the contractors how long they have been in business, if they have liability insurance (as required by law), and whether they will be  using subcontractors on the project.  Get a Certificate of Insurance that names you as the holder.  This way you are protected.  The Contractors insurance agency will gladly send you the Certificate of Insurance.  This is done with every job that is contracted with Businesses.  You as the consumer have that same right. 
  • Contact the references your contractor gives you. Ask the referenced person whether the job was completed on time, whether there were any  unexpected costs, whether the workers showed up on time and cleaned up when they finished, and whether they would use the contractor again.  If a contractor  gives  you a low bid, have him sign that there will be NO CHANGE ORDERS to increase the amount of the contract.  Have the job itemized to protect  the final amount due. 
  • Ask your contractor about his or her professional affiliations and confirm the information with those organizations. 
  • Do not pay for the entire job up front. The customary arrangement is one-third in advance, one-third halfway through the job and one-third upon completion. Do not pay with cash.
  • KNOW THE LAW 
Obtain a written contract. Contracts for home improvement projects costing $500 or more must be written and must include the legal name and business address of the contractor as well as a start date, a completion date, a description of the work to be done, and the total price.  
If you feel as though you would like a second person to review your contract. Please feel free to call me.  I will gladly help you. 
To learn more information about hiring a contractor, information is provided on our
• Web site: www.berkeleytownship.org -Berkeley Township local website has Mayor Amato, updating the website with local events  and business  news.  
• website:  www.btrec.org -Berkeley Recreational Center, located 630 RT 9 in Bayville. This Division of Recreation post all the special social events that are happening here in Berkeley Township, they include our special events, concerts, golfing, adult and children programs.  
 
If you need to speak to me, you can leave me a message calling: 732-244-7400 ext. 1205
or Email: sophiagingrich737@gmail.com
Sincerely, 
Sophia Gingrich, Councilwoman 
(Berkeley Township: Ward 4, HC Berkeley, HC Carefree, HC West and HC Silver Ridge Park)

 

 
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