BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The Watford City building inspector says he hopes a new ordinance will help protect people from contractors who do shoddy work, charge high prices and then leave the western North Dakota town.
Steven Williams says he's persuaded the city council to require that contractors register and get a city license so he can keep track of who is working in town.
The new ordinance takes effect Jan. 1. A city license will cost $50, and working without one can bring a $250 fine.
Williams says he's seen problems with a roofing contractor and a plumber who did sewer and water work.
Williams says most contractors are reliable, but the oil boom has attracted some who are not.