Selectmen give notice to junk dealers flouting new bylaw

By Matthew Bernat | Sep 27, 2016

Junk dealers will have 30 days to comply with a bylaw passed last year or face stiff fines for ignoring the law.

On Tuesday, Selectmen expressed frustration at the number of business owners that have not applied for a junk dealer’s license with estimates reaching as high as 60.

A revised junk dealer bylaw was passed at Fall Town Meeting last year. Under the bylaw, businesses that accept and resell used or refurbished must go through an application process. Licenses cost $150 annually.

The fine for non-compliance costs a business operating without a license $100 a day.

Selectmen voted unanimously to send a letter to the business owners without licenses that gives 30 days notice to submit applications and pay the fee or face fines.

“Given the scope of the problem businesses will have 30 days to comply or they will start seeing citations,” said Selectman Peter Teitelbaum.

Selectman Alan Slavin said the board had to act or business owners would continue to ignore the law.

“We have to make a decision, are we going to enforce the rules or eliminate them?” Slavin asked.

Comments (10)
Posted by: Newlyaresident | Sep 28, 2016 13:35

Save the cost of the mailing and just close a few of them down. Everyone else will fall into line once the hammer comes down!

Posted by: bob | Sep 28, 2016 16:10

NEWLYARESIDENT,you got that right Now if only the inspection services would do there job and make owners clean up there properties down on Main Street.....

Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Sep 28, 2016 19:05

Remember this story from last July?


The Board of Health fined Fivestar Gateway Gas $300 and suspended the store’s tobacco license after a state inspector purchased a single cigar for $2.49, which is one cent less than allowed by new tobacco bylaws.


No 30-day warning, no handwringing.  I suggest immediate action for the junk dealers also, with the fines retroactive.

Posted by: sadie | Sep 28, 2016 21:14

I had the feeling from watching the meeting that both Whiteside and Slavin wanted the fines to be issued right away. All of the dealers were HAND DELIVERED the new rules and all the fines were explained I think they had 30 days to register. Now they are going to be given another 30 days these are business people who are snubbing their noses at the selectmen and the new rules. They also know that the town doesn't have enough staff to issue the fines in a timely manner

Posted by: sadie | Sep 28, 2016 21:16

I also don't understand how the town can set the price for an item sold by ANY business in town. Slippery slope

Posted by: Peter W. Teitelbaum | Sep 29, 2016 08:34

The state Dept. of Revenue sets the minimum prices for cigarettes and cigars.  It is not part of either the Town's or the Board of Health's by-laws.

Posted by: sadie | Sep 29, 2016 10:55

thanks for the clarification the previous poster made it sound like the prices' were part of the new by-law

Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Sep 29, 2016 19:04


Paragraphs 4 and 9.

Posted by: Peter W. Teitelbaum | Sep 29, 2016 20:58

Yeah, looks like I was only half correct on that one.  The state sets minimum pack and carton prices for cigarettes and so-called "small cigars," but any number of local Boards of Health regulations contain minimum cigar pricing requirements.  The Wareham Board of Health regulations at subsection 9 do set cigar minimum pricing:


What is interesting is that $2.50 seems to be the default minimum price for a single cigar everywhere, so I wonder if state regs say that this is the minimum price that a Board of Health can establish.

Posted by: Knocked for six | Sep 30, 2016 10:43

More than usual...congrats

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