The Community Development/Housing/General Government Committee is soliciting public opinion on proposed legislative amendments to address thefts of copper and other valuable metals.
The committee will hold a public hearing to collect public input regarding the existing copper theft problem, the proposed legislative changes and possible alternatives to addressing this problem at its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the City Council Committee Room (Room 239) of City Hall, 101 N. Main St.
Many municipalities, including Winston-Salem, have seen an increase in copper thefts. In response, the City Council is considering asking the General Assembly to amend state law pertaining to copper and other regulated metals.
The proposed amendments would require that metal recyclers be licensed similar to pawn shops and would make violations of the statute a felony. The amendments would also require that metal recyclers maintain their record for four years, and require that they retain metals that they purchase for at least 14 days before reselling or otherwise disposing of them.
More information about the proposal, including the text of the proposed legislative changes, is posted on the city website.
Public Information Session on Copper Thefts
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