Urban County Council passes scrap metal ordinance
In coordination with local scrap metal companies, the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council recently passed a new city ordinance creating regulations for buying, selling and processing regulated scrap metals. The purpose of this ordinance is to curb the rise in metal theft and reduce future losses to our citizens. The new ordinance can be found in it’s entirety on the LFUCG website under Council Clerks Office, Code of Ordinances, 13-54, ordinance NO. 58-2012. The ordinance requires each scrap metal dealer to obtain a license to operate within Fayette County. That license application can be located at http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=3020. While the new ordinance became effective May 16, 2012, in order to help educate and prepare scrap metal dealers to implement new record keeping requirements, a 30 day grace period was designated. Therefore, the enforcement of the new ordinance will begin on June 16, 2012.
Information that may be beneficial to individuals intending to sell scrap metal include:
• You must be 18 years of age or older.
• You must provide a valid drivers license or government issued identification with each sale.
• When selling a restricted metal (refer to the ordinance for a complete list), payment will be made by check and mailed to the street address of the seller. Payment will not be mailed to a Post Office box. • All other transactions shall be cash.
• A vehicle less than 10 years old sold for scrap must be accompanied by a valid title at the time of sale.
• Any individual selling HVAC equipment or parts must provide an invoice or repair order for work completed which shows the location and customer name where the unit or parts were serviced.
Any questions concerning this new ordinance should be directed to Detective Eric Chumley, 859-258-3735.