Graham City Council scrapped an ordinance for requiring a permit to sell metal salvage.
At the recent request by a real estate businessman who experienced multiple wire thefts from homes he renovated, the city council considered an ordinance regulating the sale of salvage metals.
The ordinance would have required a permit issued by the Graham Police Department for anyone selling scrap copper wire and any salvaged metals, excluding aluminum cans, within the city limits. Upon the first reading of the ordinance at the Sept. 12 council meeting, council members voted unanimously, with one member absent, to enact the proposed ordinance.
However, at the second reading of the ordinance, Cliff Knight of Bell Processing, the company that owns and manages Graham Iron and Metal, addressed the council with his concerns about the ordinance.
He told council members that the salvage yard is extremely diligent in its documentation of metal sellers.
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