New Granite city ordinance will kill Dollar a day
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#1 Dec 22, 2012
Granite City scrap metal ordinance aims at cutting theft
December 21, 2012 12:15 am Jim Merkel [email protected]
Granite City Police Chief Richard Miller thinks he has a new weapon in the battle against drug addicts who pull copper out of air conditioners to get money for their next fix.
An ordinance approved by the Granite City Council Dec. 18 toughens restrictions on the sale of scrap metal and, including that payments be mailed in check form.
"It tells (buyers) they can't give them cash," Miller said. That will make it much less enticing for people to steal copper, gutters or other metal items to sell for quick cash, he said.
The newly passed measure comes as Granite City and other towns are seeing an increase in scrap metal theft. In 2011, Granite City police received reports of 16 thefts of air conditioners or parts of air conditioners through Dec. 20 of that year, said Assistant Police Chief Jeff Connor. Through Dec. 20, 2012, there were 26 reports of such thefts.
The ordinance, which toughens an earlier law about scrap metal sales, requires all metal sellers to present a driver's license or picture identification. Dealers must enter information, including name, date of birth, kind of metal purchased, how much and the seller's license plate number into a database.
Scrap metal dealers can't buy property used by the government, utilities or railroads, such as guardrails, manhole covers, traffic signs and historical markers. They can't buy copper wire burned to remove the insulation unless the seller gives proof in writing that that wire was legally burned.
Shapiro Brothers Inc. yard manager Billy Jones said his company already does many of the things required by the new ordinance.
"There's a lot of theft," Jones said. He'd like to see other operations be more careful.
The company pays cash up to $300 and pays by check for anything after that. Paying by checks for everything will result in more paperwork, Jones said.
The homeless who make their living gathering scrap might have problems, Jones said. "I don't know what they're going to do with their scrap," he said.
Jonathan Fisher, president of the Mid-America Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, said Granite City should have consulted with his organization when it was developing the ordinance. The organization represents scrap metal companies and users of scrap metal and has helped other municipalities with scrap metal ordinances, he said. Those ordinances have allowed cash sales up to a maximum amount. Fisher pointed out that some people don't have photo identification to present when they sell metal.
Granite City officials who prepared the ordinance contacted several municipalities in Madison County that adopted similar ordinances, said Granite City Attorney Brian Konzen. Alton, for example, had already passed a similar ordinance. The city's ordinance was largely based on the proposed Madison County ordinance, he said.
"We're trying to avoid being the point of weakest regulation," and an area where scrap metal thieves can come to sell stolen material, Konzen said.
#2 Dec 22, 2012
Sorry, I meant to post the actual ordinance for all you scrappers, here's the link to read it. http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/ill...
#3 Dec 22, 2012
Yea I work there have been there fir two years n the new law is going to slow everything down bad
#4 Dec 22, 2012
next thing you know...the junkies will be digging up graves and selling the metals from the coffins for scrap money...
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