Pasco Asphalt Company Operating without City License
PASCO, Wa.,--This is what the parking lot to George's Tavern in Pasco used to look like. An open field of dirt. You can tell its unpaved. This is what it looks like now. It's asphalted and paved. But Owner Jim Way had no idea this was happening. He was in another state when somebody else authorized the job.
"I left on vacation, went to oklahoma, was gone a week," said Way. When I was in oklahoma, they put this paving down."
They are known as Gresham Paving, an asphalt company randomnly going around the Tri-Cities telling people they have a great deal on extra mix or asphalt. But they don't have the required license or permits to do the work. City of Pasco says its easy for a business to get a license.
"Responsible business owners and responsible contractors do make every effort to approach city officials and the city within which they're going to be working..to determine what permits and licenses are necessary before they actively go out and attempt to solicit business," said Inspection Services Mgr. Mitch Nickolds.
Regardless, Way says he is very pleased with the job that was done. Other local paving companies we talked to say Gresham is not only competing with them without a license.. They are charging more than others..while claiming to offer the cheapest prices.