"In tough economic times, this is a means of cash for people to put food on the table and something like this, this new law used with this broad brush to capture these few bad actors hurts a lot of people and that's not what we want," said Vice President of River City Metals Bob Eviston.
"They say a common sense law? Well obviously the law's not working now," argued Newport City Manager Thomas J. Fromme. "I know I would shudder to think how many hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars that we've had pillaged from residents in our own city that has just gone undiscovered."
Commissioners planned to hold a preliminary vote during the meeting but tabled the proposed scrap metal law until August. Newport and River City Metals officials plan to work together in the meantime to rework the law and come back to it next month.