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Metro Council to Vote on Secondhand/Scrap Ordinance Tonight

Thursday September 27, 2007

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Media Contact:           
Stephen Haag, Jr.
574-1204 / 645-1752      

Louisville, KY – At tonight’s Metro Council meeting, council members will vote on an ordinance addressing secondhand, scrap, and junk dealers.   The recent increases in price of many precious metals have created a significant theft problem throughout the community, specifically with copper tubing. As Chairman of the Council’s Public Safety Committee, Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11), worked with the Louisville Metro Police Department to craft this ordinance which is intended to address the escalating problem and assist Metro Police in investigating and arresting those who attempt to sell stolen metals and other scrap materials.

During their investigation into this issue, committee members visited several local scrap yards and recycling facilities. These tours provided council members with an opportunity to gather information on the operation of these facilities and engage in a dialogue with the owners/operators on how to most effectively address this problem. Committee members also worked closely with dealers of secondhand books, cd’s, dvd’s, and video games to address their specific concerns.

Provisions in the Ordinance:

  • Current regulated materials under this ordinance include: Commodity and Precious Metals, Gems, Jewelry, audio equipment and accessories, video and digital equipment and accessories including video games, video cameras, cd's, and dvd’s.
  • Regulated property exempted from the ordinance include:  books, beta and vhs tapes, clothing, ferrous metals, and commodity and ferrous metals purchased by a scrap processor from a manufacturing, industrial, or other commercial vendor.
  • An electronically retained copy of a government issued photo ID including information obtained from scanning the bar code on the back of the ID must be obtained OR a thumb print must be taken from the seller of regulated materials.
  • Businesses must allow LMPD to examine and inspect transaction records during business hours if they deem it necessary when in search of stolen property.
  • Businesses must maintain a transaction record and a digital photograph of the items sold. Photographs must be saved 1 year after the date of purchase.
  • No person or business shall purchase from a minor any regulated property included in this ordinance unless having been presented a certificate of trade as signed by a parent or legal guardian, provided the parent or guardian has been physically present at a prior transaction.
  • No regulated property covered in this ordinance shall be sold, altered, or destroyed for a period of 5 full days (this was changed from 10) following the purchase. This will not apply if a digital photograph which accurately depicts the regulated property items in the transaction is taken and stored up to one year from the purchase date.

For more information regarding this ordinance please contact Councilman Kevin Kramer’s office at 574-1111.

In addition, you may also contact:

Chris Bedell with River Metals Recycling at 513-621-8770

Chuck Carr, from the Institute of Scrap Industries at 202-662-8538.

Kevin Kramer (R) 11