Trustees discuss secondhand dealer law
Waverly Village trustees Tuesday discussed a proposed law that would place restrictions on secondhand dealers in the village.
The law, which village attorney Betty Keene said would help protect people from having their stolen goods sold to secondhand dealers in exchange for cash, would require owners of such businesses to log the items they receive and hold goods for a pre-determined period of time before offering them for sale.
The proposed law was modeled after similar legislation in nearby Elmira, N.Y., which requires its secondhand dealers to hold items for a 30-day period and submit logs of the items they receive to police, Keene said.
Under the proposed law, secondhand dealers would be required to obtain a license from the chief of police in order to legally operate, Keene said. Police chief Grady Updyke has reviewed the legislation and is in favor of it, she said.
The law would not apply to licensed loan brokers, antique or furniture dealers, or used automobile or auto parts dealers, Keene said.
Trustee Ron Keene pointed out that the proposed law would not prevent goods stolen in the village from being sold to dealers outside village limits. Keene was also concerned that the law would discriminate against specific businesses.
Trustee Patrick Ayres added that the law places a burden on "someone engaging in a lawful, viable business." However, the required logs and holding period would make stolen goods easier to track, he added.
"You'd be helping someone who may be the victim of a crime," he said.
Trustees would need to hold a public hearing on the proposed law before voting on it, Keene said. Trustees tabled a motion to schedule a hearing so that discussion could continue at their next meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 12.
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