Police Issue Felony Warrants for Fence Builder

“A north Texas man who paid up front for his fencing never saw his money again, police are investigating the contractor and have issued 3 felony warrants for his arrest.” Ross thought he did all the right things when selecting a contractor for fencing services on his acre plus yard – “Everybody did the same type of sales pitch…I was comfortable with him I went with him” said Ross. As with common industry practices the contractor requested a 50% deposit up front to which Ross obliged. When it came time to install the fence all Ross got were holes dug by a subcontractor and a plethora of excuses from the contractor. As it turns out Ross was not alone numerous complaints were filed against the contractor, but the contractor was nowhere to be found. An attorney working for the contractor proclaimed that all deposits were to be reimbursed in full. However, when reporters followed up with the fence contractor’s attorney he said that he had no idea where his client went. Both police and former clients are looking for him. There is also a $40,000 civil judgement against him. Ross doesn’t believe he’ll ever see his money again, a $2600 value, a lot of money for him, but not even the worse victim…some complaints against the contractor stated over $11,000 in losses. “He has been out there doing this for several years now. I don’t want to see someone else victimized like I was” Ross said.

People hear about these sort of things in the news, and through the grapevine, and think to themselves that this could never happen to them or in their community. But matter of fact is that it could happen to anyone. Occurrences like this are growing ever more prevalent, there have been numerous instances in Palm Beach County alone. Fly by night contractors make their living picking up from area to area preying on unsuspecting homeowners. It is important to be wary and educated when choosing a contractor for any home improvement project not just fencing. The BBB advises that before you do business with anyone, you should check them out thoroughly. Find online reviews, check the BBB’s website, and even look up local court records. Listed below are other methods to become a more cautious buyer in addition to those listed by the news source.
— Check with your local building authority make sure the contractor maintains an active license, is insured, and has pulled permits that have resulted in passed inspections.
— Request to see former clients jobs…call former clients and ask about the contractors service.
— Check with the trade association, in this case the American Fence Association, to see if the contractor is an active member.
— Look up the contractor at your local chamber of commerce or associated general contractors agency.
— Read reviews on the contractor…however be wary of reviews from Facebook, Yelp, google, etc. as the contractor can self promote himself with false reviews.
— Contact your Homeowners association for a list of preferred vendors.
— Contact Fence Material suppliers to see if there is a contractor they recommend.

If you have done some homework on your contractor and think he fits the mold but are still hesitant there are some things to be aware of.
— You’re told on this job a contract won’t be necessary.
— You’re asked to pay for the entire job up front or give cash directly to a sales rep rather than a company
— You’re confronted with scare tactics, intimidations, or threats
— You’re told your part of a demonstration project and thus offered a low price
— You’re told the special low price is only good if you sign the contract today
— Contractor won’t give references or references cannot be located
— You can’t verify contractors business location or it does not match the license registration
— Contractor relies on subcontractors and cannot provide a precise time frame for the job

Hiring unscrupulous contractors can result in more than just a lost deposit, legal issues could stem from it down the road that the homeowner could be responsible for. No one wants to feel like they were violated, even when choosing something as simple as a fence it is important to research the prospective companies for which you are soliciting for bids.

Swimming Pool Safety

Drowning is a leading cause of death for young children ages 1-4, and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages. Toddlers are at the greatest risk for submersion injury. For every child less than 15 years old who dies from drowning in a pool, another 10 receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries which can cause brain damage that can result in memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functions. Florida is one of the states with the most swimming pool drowning deaths due to the over abundance of pools and water access. Florida’s swimming pool drowning death rate is .7 which is higher than any other state. However, swimming pool deaths can be prevented – one way that greatly diminishes the dangers of drowning is a secure swimming pool fence. More than half of all swimming pool drownings among young children could be prevented by installing the proper fencing. The fence for a swimming pool barrier should be at least 4′ high, and have self-closing and self-latching gates that open outwards. The latches for the gates must be at least 54″ high to prevent children from reaching them. Martin Fence has all types of pool fencing that can protect your pool from children. All of our fences are inspected by the respective building department and the owner is issued a certificate of occupancy for the home. With summer approaching securing the swimming pool should be a priority for all homeowners.

The Secure Fence Act of 2006

“This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform.”

– President George W. Bush, 10/26/06

Today, President Bush Signed The Secure Fence Act – An Important Step Forward In Our Nation’s Efforts To Control Our Borders And Reform Our Immigration System. Earlier this year, the President laid out a strategy for comprehensive immigration reform. The Secure Fence Act is one part of this reform, and the President will work with Congress to finish the job and pass the remaining elements of this strategy.

The Secure Fence Act Builds On Progress Securing The Border

By Making Wise Use Of Physical Barriers And Deploying 21st Century Technology, We Can Help Our Border Patrol Agents Do Their Job And Make Our Border More Secure. The Secure Fence Act:

  • Authorizes the construction of hundreds of miles of additional fencing along our Southern border;
  • Authorizes more vehicle barriers, checkpoints, and lighting to help prevent people from entering our country illegally;
  • Authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to increase the use of advanced technology like cameras, satellites, and unmanned aerial vehicles to reinforce our infrastructure at the border.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Begins With Securing The Border. Since President Bush took office, we have:

  • More than doubled funding for border security – from $4.6 billion in 2001 to $10.4 billion this year;
  • Increased the number of Border Patrol agents from about 9,000 to more than 12,000 – and by the end of 2008, we will have doubled the number of Border Patrol agents since the President took office;
  • Deployed thousands of National Guard members to assist the Border Patrol;
  • Upgraded technology at our borders and added infrastructure, including new fencing and vehicle barriers;
  • Apprehended and sent home more than 6 million people entering America illegally; and
  • We are adding thousands of new beds in our detention facilities, so we can continue working to end “catch and release” at our Southern border.

This Act Is One Part Of Our Effort To Reform Our Immigration System, And We Have More Work To Do

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Requires That We Enforce Our Immigration Laws Inside America. It is against the law to knowingly hire illegal workers, so the Administration has stepped up worksite enforcement. Many businesses want to obey the law, but cannot verify the legal status of their employees because of the widespread problem of document fraud, so the President has also called on Congress to create a better system for verifying documents and work eligibility.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Requires That We Reduce The Pressure On Our Border By Creating A Lawful Path For Foreign Workers To Enter Our Country On A Temporary Basis. A temporary worker program would meet the needs of our economy, reduce the appeal of human smugglers, make it less likely that people would risk their lives to cross the border, and ease the financial burden on State and local governments by replacing illegal workers with lawful taxpayers. Above all, a temporary worker program would add to our security by making certain we know who is in our country and why they are here.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Requires That We Face The Reality That Millions Of Illegal Immigrants Are Here Already. The President opposes amnesty but believes there is a rational middle ground between granting an automatic path to citizenship for every illegal immigrant and a program of mass deportation. Illegal immigrants who have roots in our country and want to stay should have to pay a meaningful penalty for breaking the law, pay their taxes, learn English, work in a job for a number of years, and wait in line behind those who played by the rules and followed the law.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Requires That We Honor The Great American Tradition Of The Melting Pot.Americans are bound together by our shared ideals, an appreciation of our history, respect for the flag we fly, and an ability to speak and write the English language. When immigrants assimilate and advance in our society, they realize their dreams, renew our spirit, and add to the unity of America.