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  1. Lead-Based Paint Program and Certification - Since 1996, contractors have been required by a memorandum of understanding between HUD and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under Title X of Federal regulations to provide their customers with information on lead paint hazards.  In 1999, HUD issued a new regulation, which after two extensions, became effective August 10, 2001, to protect residents in federally funded housing against lead-based paint hazards.  This new regulation requires all federally funded housing under construction or rehabilitation to pass strict lead clearance limitations.  Contractors, including carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and any other tradesmen who would disturb lead paint while performing repairs or renovation, are required to be trained to perform safe work practices to protect residents at the job site, and the contractors’ own families from contamination.  The EPA has issued new lead paint regulations that went into effect April 22, 2010.  These regulations state that all contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.  The first step in the certification process is to attend a Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) training class taught by an EPA certified training provider.  If you already have the Lead Safe Work Practices certification, you will only need to take a half day refresher class.  This regulation’s certification is mandatory for all Snow Belt contractors.   There is an immediate need in Northern New York for trained contractors involved in construction and rehabilitation of federally-funded housing units serving low-income households. More information about the RRP class can be found at http://www.environmentaleducation.com.
  2. Construction Work - Snow Belt Housing administers rehabilitation grant programs in Lewis County. If you are not on our Approved Contractor's List you are welcome to apply at any time.  If requested by a homeowner who has a project out for bid, you still must apply.  Currently our list includes contractors from outside Lewis County, including Edwards, Colton, Adams and Sandy Creek.  We administer many types of rehab projects, such as single-family owner-occupied homes, multi-family renter-occupied buildings, and downtown commercial façade improvement projects.  The purpose of our rehabilitation programs is to correct substandard housing conditions and to improve the health, safety and energy efficiency of the home. Grant money is not intended to be used for improvements that only make the house look nicer or make it more convenient, unless it is necessary for handicapped accessibility.   We warmly encourage you to consider becoming one of Snow Belt’s approved contractors. This list of approved contractors is given to the homeowner, and THEY choose from whom they wish to receive a bid.  We do not make any recommendations to the homeowner.  While we can’t guarantee a homeowner will call you for a bid, this list has been distributed to over 850 households in Lewis County in the past twenty-five years.  We know that this list is frequently passed among friends and relatives, and the list is also given to our contractors when they are looking for approved sub-contractors.   We require all contractors to have lead certification for themselves as well as each of their employees or possess a firm license, liability insurance, workman’s compensation insurance and references; women- and minority-owned businesses are encouraged to apply to be on our list as well.  We perform a background check on all contractors that apply to be on our approved contractor list.
  3. Applying to Work With Snow Belt - Snow Belt Housing is always looking for new contractors to be on our Approved Contractor’s List.  We administer rehabilitation grant programs in Lewis County, but even if you are located outside Lewis County you are welcome to bid on our projects, if requested to by a homeowner. Currently our list includes contractors from outside Lewis County, including Edwards and Colton.  Please note that we require contractors to have passed the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) training class.  Our projects are state- and federally-funded, and therefore must comply with the EPA’s RRP practices regarding lead-based paint. Information on classes can be found at http://www.environmentaleducation.com.  We require all contractors to have lead certification, liability insurance, workman’s compensation insurance and references; women- and minority-owned businesses are encouraged to apply.  If you are interested in working with us, please contact the Snow Belt Housing office at (315) 376-2639 for an application to be sent to you or click HERE to obtain a copy of our Contractor Eligibility Certification Form.
  4. New EPA Lead Rules - The EPA has ruled that contractors who perform renovation, repairs, and painting must train and re-certify in lead-safe work practices before renovating older housing. These strict new EPA rules took effect April 22, 2010.  New certification is required for all home improvement activity that disturbs more than 6 square feet of interior or 20 square feet of exterior lead paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978.  Questions about the new rules can be found with their answers here: http://environmentaleducation.com/Ren-FAQ.php   Find information directly from the EPA at this address: http://epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm  Note: The “Renovate Right” pamphlet is already being provided by Snow Belt Housing directly to homeowners during the pre-construction meetings and the homeowner's sign an acknowledgement stating they received this information for our files.  Environmental Education Associates offers the training in Lead Renovators Certification Initial, $195. One worker has to be a Certified Renovator.   Each company, sole proprietor, or corporation involved in lead activities must be certified and ensure that at least one Certified Renovator is utilized at each job site. Other workers who have previously completed lead hazard control certification, have to take a 4-hour refresher course (Lead Renovators Certification Refresher, $135).  The classes are offered in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.  A new worker would have to take the Initial Certification course. The owner of the company can also obtain a Firm License, $300 approximately, so the owner is responsible for the lead training of his/her own employees for ALL lead projects.  If you are interested in the Firm License, Snow Belt Housing has a copy of the Firm License application at their office.  Snow Belt Housing will need a copy of your new Certifications or Firm Licenses once completed in order to remain on our Approved Contractor List.  If you have questions regarding these new rules, please contact Brittney (Rehabilitation Coordinator) at (315) 376-2639, Ext. 4.

APPROVED CONTRACTORS

Contractors Certified in Working With Lead-Based Paint
*WBE Certified         **WBE Application in process

COMPANYPRINCIPAL
AB CONTRACTOR'S
JONAH STEVENS
ACESKEVIN ARCHER
AL'S SIDING, LLC SEAN BRETT
BAUTER & SONS CONSTRUCTION DALE BAUTER
BLISS CONSTRUCTION, INC. **TOVI BLISS
CNH CONSTRUCTION, INC.
CHRISTOPHER MORRILL
COWLES & COMPANY, INC.*MATT PARSONS
DITTL'S CONSTRUCTIONKURT DITTL
ED CHRZANOWSKIED CHRZANOWSKI
EDWARD KOSS CARPENTRY ED KOSS
FRENCHI & CREW DOUG HUTCHINS
GCB CONTRACTING LLC GENE BAILEY, JR.
JOE BEYER CONTRACTING INC JOE BEYER
PAINTING ETC., INC. LES BAKER
WALKER'S MANUFACTURED HOUSING, INC.STAN HALL
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