Judge grants Pawcatuck contractor accelerated rehab


A New Haven judge has granted accelerated rehabilitation to a Pawcatuck man who performed work on a historic home in Guilford without a home improvement contractor’s license.


Brian M. Cooper of Deschenes & Cooper Architectural Millwork LLC and Early New England Restorations Inc. was charged last year after homeowner Lewis Burgess complained about substandard work performed on a stone chimney at his colonial home on Leetes Island Road. The home, built around 1720, is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Judge Susan A. Connors granted Cooper accelerated rehabilitation, a pretrial diversion program for first-time offenders, on April 12, and ordered him to make restitution to Burgess in the amount of $5,400. The case will be dismissed if Cooper does not reoffend within two years.


According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Burgess contracted with Cooper to do the work for $15,381 and gave him a deposit of $792; in total Burgess paid Cooper $19,843.


After Cooper started the work, Burgess felt it was not up to code and asked a home inspection company to review it. The inspection pointed out a number of deficiencies, and Burgess decided not to have Cooper perform more work on the house. Burgess told the state Department of Consumer Protection that Cooper did not rebuild the chimney from the roof line, which accounted for the majority of the contract price.



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