August 20, 2013

Council increases waiting period for gold buys

Charles Oliver

— Licensed gold buyers in Dalton will now have to hold on to jewelry and other objects just a little longer.

The City Council voted 3-0 on Monday to increase the time licensed gold buyers must hold gold to 14 days from seven. The ordinance also creates a hearing process before the Public Safety Commission for license holders accused of violating the terms of their license. Public Safety Commission members asked for the changes.

“Often, when someone is burglarized or robbed, they don’t know immediately exactly what was taken,” said Public Safety Commission Chairman Bill Weaver. “This gives them more time to identify what was taken and for law enforcement to see if any of it turns up.”

Council members also heard the first reading of an ordinance that would ban the parking of construction vehicles such as backhoes, tractors and cranes in residential neighborhoods. City Attorney Jim Bisson said some council members had expressed concern about the language of the ordinance and it will be tweaked before the council votes on it in two weeks.

“The specific thing that was mentioned to me is that we don’t want to ban someone who has a landscaping service from parking his truck at his house,” he said.

Council members also voted 3-0 to approve three change orders totaling $12,995 for additional electrical work for the new multipurpose field at Lakeshore Park. City officials hope the field, which is currently being installed, will one day be the home of a soccer program planned by Dalton State College.

Mayor David Pennington was absent from the meeting and in such an instance Mayor Pro Tem George Sadosuk votes only in the event of a tie.