Members of the Conway City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday to once again consider an ordinance amending and replacing the current Title 4 municipal regulation of pawnshops to reflect recent legislative changes.

The proposed ordinance was discussed at length and held in committee at the last regular meeting of the city council.
The ordinance includes the requirement of pawnbrokers and certain dealers in secondhand-goods to maintain an electronic inventory-tracking system, capable of delivery and transmission of information via computer to the Conway Police Department for review in theft investigations.

That information includes a record of any amount of money loaned, ticket numbers, a physical description of each article, serial and model numbers; and a government-issued ID, address and physical description of the person pawning or selling goods.

The ordinance says the city of Conway, through the Conway Police Department, will provide the free, commercial-grade software to affected pawnshops, pawnbrokers and dealers in secondhand goods in order to facilitate compliance.

The ordinance also stipulates that no goods received in pawnshops or secondhand stores may be sold, redeemed or removed from the place of business of such dealers for a period of seven days from the time of receiving the item.

Certain financial institutions and security firms; those selling goods from a residence as a part of an estate sale, yard sale or garage sale; and those marketing goods on consignment, at auction or in a flea market booth are exempt from the provisions of the ordinance.
The issue will be discussed in detail during a committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday prior to the regular council meeting.

The council will also consider:
• The nomination of Sydne Manley to the Conway Housing Authority Board.
• The acceptance of bids for the demolition/site cleanup of five lots located in the Pine Street neighborhood.
• An ordinance accepting grant proceeds and appropriating funds for Conway EcoFest 2010.
• An ordinance accepting grant proceeds and appropriating funds for the New Conway Municipal Airport.
• An ordinance to rezone property located at 3480 Irby Drive from A-1 to R-1.
• Entering into an agreement with Garver Engineers for engineering services for the Western Loop Project.
• An ordinance appropriating grant funds to the Conway Police Department.
• An ordinance appropriating asset forfeiture funds to the Conway Police Department.
• An ordinance establishing and adopting by reference certain requirements and procedures for public safety radio communication coverage within the City of Conway.
• The removal of certain inventory from the fixed assets listing for the Finance Department.
Information on Kroger rezoning will be heard at the next city council meeting on Oct. 12.

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