SALAMANCA – A law regulating the sales of secondhand goods is off the books in both Cattaraugus County and the City of Salamanca.
Just a few hours after the Cattaraugus County Legislature repealed the measure, the Salamanca Common Council followed suit Wednesday evening.
The so-called Dealer of Secondhand Articles Law established procedures to be followed by secondhand dealers throughout the county to aid the Sheriff’s Office in recovering materials stolen in burglaries. It required that when dealers buy goods, they must catalog, photograph and report the items to the Sheriff’s Office within a specific time frame.
“We adopted the resolution and later found out it would hurt some of our businesses,” Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella said. “[It would] especially [hurt] the Antiques Mall, so we are rescinding the resolution, as the county did earlier today.”
Some of the owners as well as vendors at the Salamanca Antiques Mall were part of the group that appeared in front of the county Public Safety Committee nearly a month ago to voice their opposition and detail the negative effects the countywide law would have on secondhand dealers, such as antique and consignment shops.
The resolution passed unanimously.
Council members also took up resolutions to initiate an application for youth services funding through the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau and the state Office of Children and Family Services. The resolution would allow Vecchiarella to sign the application. The funds would go toward programs and services that are used to help children in the city find productive alternatives and activities.
“This is phase one of the process,” Sandi Brundage, director of the city’s youth services program, said. “As we move forward, phase two is the actual programming, and the final phase is hopefully being reimbursed.”
The final action of the evening was to authorize City Clerk April Vecchiarella to advertise for bids on what have become Cleanup Days in the City. The mayor said it is hoped the event will be held in the first week of June. The dates will be solidified once the winning bid is announced. The price to participate in the event, however, will remain $30 per family, he continued.
Specifics of the program will be announced once a provider has been established.
The next meeting of the Salamanca Common Council will be at 7 p.m. April 24 in the courtroom of the Ronald Yehl Municipal Building.