Elbert BOC Tables Proposed Pawn Shop Ordinance

By David Stephens

Elbert County appears to be holding off on implementing a secondhand dealer ordinance, at least for this month.

Similar to the city of Elberton, who adopted a secondhand dealer ordinance on June 2nd, the Elbert County Board of Commissioners has been discussing implementing a similar ordinance, at the request of Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews.

The ordinance would require a license to operate a secondhand business in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Commission Chairman Tommy Lyon pointed out some things the county may do differently than the city of Elberton did.

“Some of the things we talked about was the annual gross sales report is in there, and we don’t see how we need that”, said Lyon.

Sheriff Melvin Andrews says his office also would not need fingerprinting done on customers, but would like to have an additional photo taken along with photo identification being provided.

Commissioner Kenneth Ashworth said the commission needed more time to adjust the ordinance based on the request of the sheriff.

“We need to go by what the Sheriff’s Department has asked us to review, and that is one reason we are going to table it until next month”, said Ashworth.

A motion was made to table the placing of the ordinance on first reading until July at the earliest.

The commission is expected to discuss the ordinance further at its July work session.
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