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Commission approves new pawn shop, subdivision ordinances
by Savannah Weeks
sweeks@neighbornewspapers.com
June 15, 2012 06:13 PM | 899 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pawn shops in unincorporated Paulding County will now have to hold precious metals and gems for 30 days before they sell them.

Commissioners approved the ordinance regulating metal and gem sales at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

A longer hold period allows more time for potentially stolen items to be collected by the owners before they are sold by the pawn shop.

According to county attorney Jayson Phillips, state law requires shops to hold the items for seven days. Other counties, including Cobb, have extended this hold period to 30 days.

“This allows citizens to come in in the event those items have been stolen,” Phillips said.

The ordinance will go into effect immediately and will only affect those shops in unincorporated Paulding County, not those located inside Dallas or Hiram.

According to County Commissioner Tommie Graham, the county is notifying all of the affected shops.

In other action, the commission approved an ordinance that will assist in providing funds for finishing unfinished subdivisions in the county.

The Infrastructure Task Force has come up with a set fee for each lot in subdivisions where the infrastructure has not been completed, or subdivisions needing street lights, top coats on the road, and other items to complete them.

The task force, along with the Department of Community Development divided the total estimate of the amount of work still needed to be completed in the neighborhood by the number of vacant lots in the neighborhood.

This estimate will be a fee paid when someone buys a vacant lot and applies for a building permit. The amount will not exceed $2,500, according to Commissioner Todd Pownall.

The fee will vary per subdivision.

If a developer wanted to finish the subdivision, fees would not apply, according to Pownall.

“We’re going to be collecting fees on these vacant lots for the next five, 10, 15, however many years,” said Pownall. “We may be doing improvements before or after collecting fees.”

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