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[Audio] Pawn Shop Ordinance on Pause

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 6:32 am

A decision on the proposed pawn shop ordinance in Pine County will have to wait two more weeks.  The County Board decided Tuesday at the board meeting to take a further look at the ordinance.  Pawn shop owners from Hinckley and Banning Junction spoke out against the proposed ordinance.  They said while they understand the security benefits, the costs remain to high.

Banning Junction Owner Alex Okun:

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The proposal would implement a new state-wide run security system at shops in Pine County, but the shop owners are required to pay for the changes. The owners of the pawn shop in Hinckley say they have already spent close to $7,000 implementing the system.  Owners also expressed concerns about 30 to 60 day holding periods, meaning any merchandise they buy from a seller can not be sold back to the public for that amount of time.  Owners from Hinckley requested a seven day holding period.  Sheriff’s officials recommend at least a two week holding period, because of the time it takes to process a theft claim.

County Commissioner Doug Carlson:

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Senior Assistant County Attorney Steve Cundy talking about the need for implementing the ordinance:

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The board did agree on several issues regarding the ordinance including allowing the shops to open on Saturdays and Sundays (previous draft banned pawn shops from opening on weekends), reducing transaction fees from two-dollars to one-dollar, and reducing the annual cost of using the system. The board will revisit the ordinance at their March 3rd meeting in Pine City.

2 Comments

  1. BILL 02/19/09 at 3:05pm

    just another way for BIG BROTHER to run your mom and pop shops, and force you close your doors and move.
    Just like the state of MN to get their.
    WHY CANT THE BOARD AND THE STATE WORK ON CURBING,CRIME AND JOBS IN OUR COMMUNITY AND QUIT WORRYING ON HOW YOU GET YOU MONEY……..

  2. BILL 02/19/09 at 3:08pm

    just another way for BIG BROTHER to run your mom and pop shops, and force you close your doors and move.
    Just like the state of MN to get their HANDS ON YOUR MONEY….
    WHY CANT THE BOARD AND THE STATE WORK ON CURBING,CRIME AND JOBS IN OUR COMMUNITY AND QUIT WORRYING ON HOW YOU GET YOU MONEY……..

    SOUNDS JUST LIKE THE SMOKING BAN IN BARS…
    THEIR CONTROL….FREEDOM IN AMERCIA,,ALMOST GONE..

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