Tue 8:35pm: City council prepares modified scrap metal ordinance


Tribune Chronicle

WARREN — An effort to reduce the amount of copper and aluminum from being stolen from homes and businesses will continue during a council committee meeting Wednesday on changing the city’s salvage legislation.

“What we are trying to do is slow the rate of, if not stop, the theft of copper pipes, wiring and aluminum siding,” Councilman Eddie Colbert, D-7th Ward, said.

Council’s legislative committee is meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers to discuss moving the proposed legislation to full council for consideration. Under the proposal, people wanting to scrap one or more of the three items will have to show scrap yards permits to prove the obtained the material legally.

Colbert is hoping that changes in the original legislation to reduce concerns of local scrap yards.

Because city residents have the right to remove all of these items on their own without obtaining permits, Colbert is modifying the proposal to allow the property owners can obtain up to three free permits to scrap the items.

Colbert said he is attempting to address the concerns of a local scrap yard owner that the legislation would put them at a competitive disadvantage because, if passed, scrap yards outside of the city will not have to demand to see permits from people scrapping these items.