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Town of Amherst, NY
Erie County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1-1. 
Board of Plumbing and Drainage Examiners, heretofore established and herein called the "Plumbing and Drainage Board," shall consist of six members: the Town Engineer, Commissioner of Building, Senior Plumbing Inspector, one member of the Town Board and two persons who have actively engaged in the plumbing business for at least 10 years next preceding their membership in such Board. The last three members shall be appointed by the Supervisor. The last two members shall be residents of the Town of Amherst and shall have terms of office of two years. The term of office of the first four members shall be the term to which each has been appointed or elected, as the case may be, as Town Engineer, Commissioner of Building, Senior Plumbing Inspector or Town Board member. The last two members shall receive as compensation an amount as the majority of said Plumbing and Drainage Board shall determine, but in no event more than $70 per person per year. The other members of the Plumbing and Drainage Board shall receive their normal compensation but shall not receive additional compensation for their duties as members of the Plumbing and Drainage Board.
1-2. 
The Board of Electrician Examiners, heretofore established and herein called the "Electricians Board," shall consist of five members: the Commissioner of Building, the Senior Electrical Inspector of the Town, the Electrical Inspector of the Town with the most seniority and two persons who have been actively engaged in the electrical business for at least 10 years next preceding their membership in such Electricians Board. The last two members shall be appointed by the Supervisor. The last two members shall be residents of the Town of Amherst and shall have terms of office of two years. The term of office of the first three members shall be permanent while they are employed by the Town. The last two members shall serve as volunteers and shall receive no compensation as Electricians Board members.
2-1. 
The Board of Plumbing and Drainage Examiners shall have jurisdiction and examination authority over all persons desiring or intending to engage in the trade, business or calling of plumbing or drainage or sewer contracting in the Town of Amherst, outside of the Village of Williamsville, with the power to examine and certify persons applying for certificates of competency as master or employing plumbers, journeyman plumbers, sewer contractors, journeyman sewermen to determine their fitness and qualification for acting as such and to issue certificates of competency to all such persons who shall have satisfactorily passed examinations before such Board and shall be by it deemed qualified for such certificate.
2-2. 
The Board of Electrician Examiners shall have jurisdiction and examination authority over all persons desiring or intending to engage in the trade, business or calling of electrical contracting or construction in the Town, with the power to examine and certify persons applying for certificates of competency as a master electrician or a residential electrician to determine their fitness and qualification for acting as such and to issue certificates of competency to all such persons who shall have satisfactorily passed examinations before such Board and shall be by it deemed qualified for such certificate.
2-3. 
Examinations; fees.
A. 
Each Board shall hold examinations at least two times per year to examine persons applying for such certificates of competency. The entrance fee for such examination shall be $100 for applicants to be certified as master or employing plumbers or sewer contractors and $75 for applicants to be certified as journeyman plumbers or journeyman sewermen. The entrance fee for applicants to be certified as a master electrician or residential electrician shall be $125. A double fee shall be charged if there is only one applicant for any given examination.
B. 
Before an applicant shall be admitted to a regular scheduled examination, he shall file his application therefor, in writing, with the Town Clerk at least 30 days before the examination date and shall pay to the Clerk the required examination fee. All applications shall be made upon oath. The names and addresses of applicants shall be forwarded by the Clerk to the Secretary of the Board.
C. 
The Town, for at least two consecutive weeks, shall publish in the Town newspaper a notice of the date and place where each regular scheduled examination shall be held, with the last notice to be published at least 40 days before the examination date.
3-1. 
No person, firm or corporation holding a license provided for in this part shall allow the use of his, her or its name or license by any unlicensed person, firm or corporation.
3-2. 
Any person, firm or corporation doing work regulated under this part shall exhibit his, her or its license upon request to any peace officer, Town Board member, member of the Board of Plumbing and Drainage Examiners, member of the Board of Electrician Examiners, Code Enforcement Officer, Plumbing or Building Inspector or their representative and shall, while opening any highway for purposes incidental to such work and while such highway is so opened, exhibit in a conspicuous place adjacent to such opening a sign, at least one foot square, plainly marked showing the number of such license.
3-3. 
The dissolution of a firm or corporation shall operate as a cancellation of the license of such firm or corporation.
3-4. 
Licenses shall not be transferable.
3-5. 
The Board of Plumbing and Drainage Examiners or the Board of Electrician Examiners may revoke any license issued pursuant to this part or suspend it for such term as it may deem proper if it finds that the holder thereof, if a person, or a member, officer, agent or employee, if the holder is a firm or corporation, has violated any provision of this chapter or has made a false statement in connection with a material fact in an application for any license required under this chapter. The Board having jurisdiction may further revoke any such license if it finds that the holder is an undesirable person or is incapable of conducting the trade licensed. The Board having jurisdiction may take the foregoing action at any regular meeting thereof or at a special meeting called for that purpose. The holder of the license shall be given notice, in writing, setting forth the charge and the date, time and place of the hearing. The notice shall either be served personally upon the holder not less than five days prior to the meeting or hearing at which the charge is to be heard or shall be mailed by either registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the holder of the license at the last known address thereof at least 10 days prior thereto. Refusal to accept or inability to deliver the mailed notice shall not prevent the Board from proceeding to hear and determine the charge. The Board having jurisdiction may adopt such general rules and regulations for the conduct of such hearings as it shall deem appropriate. The rules and regulations and amendments thereto shall be published once in the official newspaper designated by the Town Board and shall be effective 10 days following publication. The holder of the license shall in all cases be entitled to counsel if he desires. A majority vote of the Board having jurisdiction shall be required to either revoke or suspend a license. Action taken by the Board having jurisdiction either to revoke or suspend a license shall be in addition to any other punishment authorized by this chapter or other provision of law.