Its members Monday said they will pick the discussion up in January.
The committee also wants to talk to the
The ordinance categorizes a variety of such businesses ranging from massage parlors to adult bookstores as " sexually oriented businesses."
"We appreciate the person from
By adopting an ordinance, the town council would have authority regulating the establishment of sexually oriented businesses and not zoning regulations. "It's a different approach and they have successfully overcome some legal challenges, which means a path has been set," said Elsesser.
The town has not received any applications for a business to be established nor have there been any rumors. Seven years ago, however,
However, the landowners decided they did not want that kind of business there.
Elsesser said it was important to take action sooner rather than later in the effort to ensure rights of businesses are not violated.
"Anytime you regulate a business, you want to regulate on sound grounds and make sure you're not infringing on constitutional rights," he said. "You can't wait until it happens, because then it is too late, and you're focusing on stopping that one business instead of regulating the entity of businesses."
The ordinance, which was sent by
The owners of the business wanted to establish an adult store along a residential strip of the
Shemeth began working on the ordinance in 1997 after passing a strip club situated near a McDonald's and medical building on his way to work. The business was along a sidewalk where children rode their bikes and families went for walks.
He proposed the ordinance to
Shemeth waited until this year to send the informational packet regarding the ordinance to every
According to Shemeth, sexually oriented businesses migrate to the most vulnerable areas, which are areas that do not have guidelines regulating them. Shemeth said there are harmful secondary effects that come with adult businesses, such as increased rates of crime.
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