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Albany second hand dealers seek compromise on amendment

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Some Albany business owners are upset over a proposed new city law they say could put them out of business.

Albany Police and city leaders met with people who sell second hand goods to discuss the changes.

After hearing their complaints, City leaders agreed the ordinance needs more work.

Steve Allen of Allen's Jewelers trades in gold and jewelry people bring him. He says the proposed amendment making businesses wait 30 days to sell second hand goods would break them.

Allen said "Frankly in my industry right now, if we are not able to buy and sell gold off the street, I might as well go out of business."

Albany Police and city leaders met with second hand business owners to explain the proposed amendment, which would make them wait 30 days before selling anything they bought from an individual in Albany, and collect the names and social security numbers of the people who sold them and report it to Police. Pawn shops already have to follow this ordinance to stop thieves selling stolen goods.

Detective Schemika Foster said "We want to make sure that everybody is even, and that no company has an edge over another company."

Bennett Coile of Second Time Around Variety Store agreed that a 30 day waiting period would put him out of business, and force him to move.

Coile said "Several people said if it is just in the city of Albany, then I'll move to the county or Lee County. And that's not good news."

After the business owners expressed their problems with the proposed amendement, Assistant City Manager James Taylor announced he would ask it be taken off Tuesday's Commission agenda for reworking. But said commissioners have to do something to fight thefts.

Taylor said "There are citizens who are losing their property. They are being melted down, and sold off. And we have an obligation to them as well."

 Allen said "The problem with thefts are pretty high right now I'm sure. And they are trying to protect everybody. We just want to try to make it fair to us also."

All the business owners we talked with said they thought a compromise could be worked out.

Only high cost items with serial numbers like gold jewelry, T-V's,  appliances, or computers are covered in the ordinance.

Cars, auto parts, clothes, and furniture are not.