Manchester loses in scrap dealer crackdown
Prolerized New England LLC filed a lawsuit against the city, saying the ordinance and stringent amendments that followed are superseded by state law.
The city last month filed its intent to appeal.
“State statute regulates scrap dealers pretty specifically,” attorney Donald Crandlemier said Tuesday.
Schnitzer is also parent company to B. Royner and Co., one of three scrap metal dealers licensed by the city.
Alderman Phil Greazzo said he opposed the regulations from the start.
“I didn’t believe the city could force a business to enter into a contract with another,” said Greazzo, chairman of the aldermanic Committee on Administration and Information Systems. “I also had a problem forcing them to provide private business and personal information to a website not owned and operated by the MPD, pay for an unwanted service they were forced to contract, and the accumulated amount of money and time it would cost the business themselves to pay an outside entity for something that is essentially the responsibility of the MPD.”
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