Duluth Council Passes New Pawn Shop Hours, Dog Park Proposal

Posted at: 02/25/2013 11:02 PM
Updated at: 02/25/2013 11:07 PM
By: Alan Hoglund

Action by city councilors Monday opens new doors for part of the Duluth business community. A vote late in their meeting allows pawn shops to do more business on Sundays.

According to Pawn America's Chuck Armstrong, pawn shops haven't been authorized to, for example, issue loans or buy items from customers. He said “we get about 125 to 150 customers in our retail side on Sundays and about 20 of those people, we have to turn them away because we can’t do financial transactions.”

Councilor Sharla Gardner cast the single “no” vote Monday.

She said she's concerned about the smaller pawn shops with smaller staffs, and smaller budgets. "It's going to probably force them to hire more staff and they're already working on a shoe string. I think Pawn America is a good organization but it doesn't hurt top have a day of rest from buying and selling and pawning."

The changes to city code take effect in about a month.

Exploring Locations for New Dog Parks

Also Monday night, councilors passed a measure asking the Parks and Recreation Commission to explore locations for two new dog parks in the east and central parts of Duluth.

The only dog park in the city now is in West Duluth.

Councilor Dan Hartman introduced the proposal in the council’s agenda session Thursday.