The Memphis City Council's executive committee today sent an amendment to the city's scrap metal ordinance down to full council today for its first reading.
The city first enacted a scrap metal ordinance in 2007. The ordinance requires dealers to tag and hold scrap metal for 10 days to give the police time to track down stolen material. To deter thieves from stealing metal from air conditioning units, vacant homes and buildings, or cars for quick money, sellers are not given cash immediately, but instead receive a voucher from the scrap metal dealer.
The proposed amendment includes a tag-and-hold provision for telephone wire and cable, copper tubing, metals that have owner identification on them, catalytic converters, chain-link fences, and railroad spikes.
"That covers all the metals that are normally stolen," said council member Jim Strickland.
Last spring, I took the Memphis Regional Design Center's Design 101 class.
This "semester," one of the sessions — happening tonight — is open to the public.
Richard Baron, co-founder and chaiman of McCormack Baron Salazar, will be speaking tonight as part of a panel discussion at CBU's Buckman Hall from 5 - 7 p.m. The cost of the event is $10.
Other panelists include Rosalyn Willis of McCormack Baron Salazar, Archie Willis III from Community Capital, and Architecture Incorporated principal David Schuermann.
The panel will discuss McCormack Baron Salazar's Hope VI projects across the country and in Memphis — including University Place and the still under construction Legends Park — and the company's "efforts to rebuild urban neighborhoods in central cities that have deteriorated through decades of neglect and disinvestment. Mr. Baron will discuss how they strengthen neighborhood social structures in partnership with community organizations and how their emphasis on community building encourages socio-economic and physical revitalization."