Contractor’s license called to question by local business owner

By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

Steve Peplinski has been trying to understand the city’s point of view regarding a broken water main in the parking lot of the bowling alley and other businesses who share the space.

Peplinski noted that an unlicensed contractor was allowed to do the work which he felt needed the city’s attention.

Peplinski, who owns Starlight Lanes in Caledonia, has been at odds with the city for several months.

In correspondences with the Department of Labor and Industry, Peplinski asked the city why they were not more cautious about who they hired.

Back in January, the pipe burst and was in need of repair.

The city, which found themselves unable to get the work done given the cold temperatures and the nature of the problem, hired someone who was not a licensed contractor, unbeknownst to them.

“We can’t check everyone’s license,” city administrator Ted Schoonover would report.

Attorney Tim Murphy assured Mr. Peplinski that the city’s intent was not malicious.

Murphy noted that the city is not obligated by law to do the checks.

Peplinski countered that the city should want to fully know who it is who is working on the pipes and infrastructure throughout town.