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December 16, 2013

Ordinance brings tech into scrap metal, pawn shops

ENID, Okla. — The city of Enid will consider forcing scrap metal dealers and pawn brokers to use an online system to prevent the sale of stolen property.

The database, called Leads Online, already is in use by Enid Police Department. A senior officer with the department told Enid City Commission in a study session earlier this month police already have used it to recover property, including a handgun that was reported stolen in New York.

The commission meets in study session at 5 tonight and in regular session at 6:30 p.m. at the city administration building, 401 W. Garriott.

Although police use Leads Online, local businesses are not required to use the database to enter the items people bring in. Many already use the database, but there are some holdouts, the officer said.

Assistant City Attorney Shandi Campbell told the commission during the study session the old way of checking for stolen property involved writing out tickets by hand.

“Basically what we’ve done is give the ordinance a facelift so that it’s more easily compatible with Leads Online. It’s been a very effective program. That’s why they started using it in the first place,” she said.

The ordinance requires those specific businesses to use the Leads Online system, which is free for them, in cataloguing their merchandise. This will allow a permanent record, searchable in an instant, to ensure property is returned to its rightful owner. There are 50 communities in Oklahoma that are subscribed to Leads Online, and thousands of them across the country.

“With the new technology that’s out there, it makes sense for our ordinances to keep up with that,” Campbell said.

Other business

During the regular meeting, commissioners will vote on recognizing a workers’ compensation settlement for Eldon R. Stephens.

Stephens was injured in a vehicle accident in 2012 while on the job. He no longer works for the city.

The agenda also calls for a resolution of support to Carland Group LLC to construct 35 affordable homes in the Brookside area.

Through the resolution, the city promises to give the home developer $14,500 worth of in-kind contributions or cash.

During the commissioners’ informal study session, a representative of C.H. Guernsey will offer a presentation concerning the city’s water source expansion study. A previous discussion centered on three options, each with its own challenges: improving pipelines and installing more water wells to the west, building a lake in one of three viable locations near Enid, and building a pipeline to bring water from Kaw Lake.

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