UPDATE: Because Mike Slayton notified the building department this morning, July 13, that he never received a notice about yesterday's hearing and then threatened to appeal, the board has decided to rehear his case next month. According to Slayton, the notice was sent to the home of a former employee, and by law, he should have had 14 days notice about any hearing involving him or his company. The board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 in the health department auditorium.
OKEECHOBEE — After a lengthy discussion during its July 12 meeting, the Construction Industry Licensing Board voted to restrict the license of Mike Slayton/Slayton Construction.
Slayton has allegedly been accused of doing multiple jobs without permits, taking money without completing the work and doing shoddy work on jobs he has completed. According to Tammy Parker, business services administrator and permit and licensing board coordinator, Slayton has been before the board at least three times for working without a permit. In addition, she said there are complaints about Slayton Construction coming in to her office at least weekly. The majority of these complaints are resolved without going before the board.
The case before the board on the 12th was brought by Cheryl Mixon, who said Slayton never pulled a permit and did such a poor job that the work was damaged by a rain storm before it could even be inspected.
There was some confusion regarding who might be considered at fault in her case as the man who actually did the work owns his own company as well. In addition, a sign was placed in Mixon's yard crediting a third company for the work. This company, MH Slayton Corporation, is (according to the building department) completely unlicensed and unknown to the building department but had the license number of Slayton Construction written on the sign. Parker said Slayton took credit for the job while speaking to her in her office, but the very next day, Kenny Frank, who reportedly did the physical work, came in to take the blame. Mixon said her verbal agreement, prior to the job, was with Slayton and he was present on the site every day.
In the end, the board found Slayton responsible and voted to restrict his license for six months. During those six months, he is not permitted to begin any new work but is expected to complete all of the work in progress. Mixon does not want Slayton Construction anywhere near her home again though and plans to take further action against him in court.
Slayton was not present at the meeting.