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Caldwell County, Princeton to Launch Emergency Contractor Registration Program
Kentucky Ag Connection - 01/12/2022

Attorney General Daniel Cameron Tuesday joined officials from Caldwell County and the City of Princeton to launch an emergency contractor registration program to register contractors looking to assist Kentuckians affected by recent storms and tornadoes. The program aims to prevent "fly-by-night" contractors that often enter areas affected by natural disasters in an attempt to take advantage of consumers.

In December, Attorney General Cameron worked with local officials to launch a pilot contractor registration program in the city of Mayfield and Graves County, and the program is now expanding to Princeton and Caldwell County and to the city of Dawson Springs and Hopkins County. The program requires contractors to register prior to doing business. Registered contractors will be issued placards, which must be displayed on their job sites and in the contractor's vehicle.

"As Kentuckians in Princeton and Caldwell County rebuild their homes and businesses, this program will empower them to know which contractors are registered to provide services and will deter bad actors from entering the community," said Cameron. "After launching the pilot program in Graves County last month, we've been working to expand to more Kentucky counties, and we appreciate the trust and partnership with local leaders in Caldwell County and the City of Princeton that led to launching this program."

"This program will help ensure a level playing field for our local contractors, and provide additional peace of mind to our residents who have already been through too much," said Caldwell County Judge/Executive Larry Curling and Princeton Mayor Kota Young. "It sends a simple message to those unscrupulous enough to try to take advantage of us during our time of need - 'you picked the wrong community.' We appreciate the Attorney General's office for their assistance and guidance in implementing this program, and look forward to helping our neighbors rebuild a new, better Princeton and Caldwell County over the days to come."

Beginning on Jan. 12, representatives from the Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection will be on site in Princeton to assist with registering contractors. The registration office will be located at City Hall, 206 East Market Street, Princeton, and will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT. Questions can be directed to the office by calling (502) 871-2424.

Contractors who are already registered with Princeton and Caldwell County can stop by the office to complete registration with Attorney General staff and receive a placard. Contractors who are not registered with the city and county will need to complete those registrations before receiving a placard.

The program will also provide scam and fraud prevention information to Kentuckians affected by the tornadoes and storms. Brochures with scam prevention tips developed by the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division and the Home Builders Association of Kentucky will be available at the Princeton office, and local residents are encouraged to pick up a copy of the brochure. Electronic copies of the brochures are available here (English) and here (Spanish).

Tips to avoid common natural disaster scams are available on the Attorney General's website at ag.ky.gov/naturaldisasterscams. Consumers should be aware of these scams and report them to the Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection. Scams can be reported at ag.ky.gov/scams and suspected price gouging can be reported at ag.ky.gov/pricegouging. Kentuckians wishing to report via phone can call the Attorney General's Natural Disaster Fraud Hotline at 502-696-5485.


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