Thefts prompt move to tighten record-keeping

Aug 08, 2005 | 01:52 PM | Paul Schaffer

The hope that tightening scrapyard record-keeping can reduce metal thefts has spread to the Detroit area.

A proposed ordinance has been drafted by Ilona Varga, a Wayne County, Mich., district commissioner, following the disappearance of some manhole covers in one of the neighborhoods she represents.

"Those junkyards ask no questions," she told a local newspaper.

Varga's county-level proposal includes a $500 license for yards, renewable every two years. Certain items would become unacceptable for purchase unless legitimate ownership can be established manhole covers, catch basin covers, sewer grids, street lighting poles, historical site markers, street repair cover plates and hydrants.....

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