Thursday, January 29, 2009

Check up on workers before hiring them to trim trees or repair homes and follow driving tips below

Certified Tree Pruners & From Fayetteville Police Department‏
From: Julie McQuade (
Sent: Thu 1/29/09 2:18 PM
City of Fayetteville Certified Tree Care Professionals

The City of Fayetteville requires the owner and each supervisor in the business that are Commercial Tree Pruners/Services providing service/work for hire within the city limits of Fayetteville obtain a City issued commercial tree pruner/service certification. This certification is being waived at this time as the City of Fayetteville has been declared a disaster area. Below are two links to the lists of businesses that are currently certified by the City of Fayetteville.


With the current weather situation and power outages, Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor reminded motorists to prepare for driving in hazardous conditions and encourage driver’s to use caution in an effort to avoid potential crashes.

Chief Tabor said the Fayetteville Police Department investigates numerous crashes during times of inclement weather and many of these crashes are avoidable. Some of the contributing factors include speed too fast for conditions, following too closely, failure to yield and careless driving. There is also the added concern of the power outages and traffic signals not functioning. Currently the Fayetteville Police Department doesn’t have the resources to work every intersection. The Fayetteville Police Department offers the following safety reminders to motorist:

Allow a safe driving distance, at least five seconds of space between vehicles.
Slow down.
Make sure windshield wipers are in proper working order and if you are using your windshield wipers, Arkansas State Law requires you to turn on your headlights.
If you are at a traffic signal that isn’t functioning, treat it as a four-way stop
Give 100 percent attention to driving. Inattention is a common contributor to crashes.

Fayetteville Police Issue Warning About Fraudulent Repairs

Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced today citizens should make informed decisions when choosing companies to make storm related repairs.

Fayetteville has been hit especially hard with storm damage in the past two days. Power lines and trees have fallen causing damage to homes, businesses, and vehicles. Storms of this magnitude often bring work crews to town, soliciting for work providing clean-up and repairs. Unfortunately, not all repairmen prove to be honest. Citizens should choose carefully when deciding to pay for repairs. The police department offers the following suggestions to consider when selecting a repairman or company:

Comparison shop. Don’t accept the first quote you are given, and try to avoid 'drive-by' offers from door-to-door solicitors.
Deal with reputable firms. Research the company. Can they be found in the phone book? How long has the company been in business?
Ask for references. Check the references.
Ask if the company is licensed, bonded and insured. Ask to see a certificate of insurance.
Put your agreement in writing. Be specific.
Ask for a guarantee or warranty; get it in writing.
Don’t pay in advance.

The police department suggests being watchful for the following warning signs you might observe from repairmen or companies:

When they contact you first come to your home uninvited or contact you by telephone.
When they tell you the repairs are needed immediately.
When they talk too fast to confuse you and pressure you to sign papers today.
When they tell you they are doing work in your neighborhood and claim they have extra materials left from another job.
When they offer to use your home as a display home or offer a discounted price or discounts for referrals, but only if you buy today!
When they tell you something too good to be true.
If you suspect being the victim of fraud, call your local police department. If you live in Fayetteville, you can call the Fayetteville Police Department at 479-587-3555.

Julie McQuade
Neighborhood Coordinator
City of Fayetteville
Planning Division
125 W. Mountain Street
Fayetteville AR 72701

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