MOODY — City officials are currently mulling over an ordinance that would regulate “adult entertainment” businesses.
At Monday night’s council meeting, the council unanimously approved amendments to the city’s license classification ordinance, establishing licensing fees for temporary vendors and “adult entertainment.” The council approved regulations for temporary vendors, but elected to hold off on the second set of regulations, saying they would need more time.
“I don’t want to take it any further than where we are right now,” mayor Joe Lee said prior to the meeting.
According to the amendment passed by the city, any such business would pay the city an annual license fee of $10,000, plus 1 percent of gross sales over $10,000.
Lee said after the meeting that someone has inquired about the possibility of obtaining a license for a “gentleman’s club” in the city; specifically, at the former location of Ethel’s, on the property now known as the Nakos Property. The property had belonged to a development group, which marketed it as a potential site for a grocery store.
“It’s not a good location, but it was known as the neighborhood pub for years and years,” Lee said. “I expect citizens to be concerned, as the mayor and council are concerned. That’s why we’ve chosen to put an ordinance in place: if a business like this comes, it will have to pay to be able to stay (in the city) and meet the requirements of the ordinance.”
City attorney Bill Weathington said the city cannot completely bar such a business, owing to First Amendment protections on free speech and free expression. He said the ordinance Moody will consider passing will be similar to the one Trussville currently has in its code.
Lee said the city needs the ordinance in order to address any such inquiries in the future.
“It’s time the city have an ordinance in place,” he said. “Every other municipality has an ordinance in place.”
In other business, the council:
• Approved a request for traffic studies on U.S. 411, at the intersections of Joey Adkins Drive, as well as Verbena Drive and Washington Street, to explore the need for traffic lights.
• Approved $1,800 for pump inspection on the fire pump at Commerce Park.
• Approved $969 for a ladder test.
• Approved $515.27 to repair the radiator and heater core for a vehicle in the public works department.
• Approved $1,500 to upgrade the fire report software.
• Approved $300 to allow city clerk Patsy Beard to attend the 2013 Convention in Montgomery, May 20-21.
• Approved a resolution to implement a court pretrial diversion program, to allow the city’s municipal judge and prosecution to make that determination in court.
• Adopted the City Readiness Initiative Strategic National Stockpile Transportation and Distribution Plan.
• Approved the minutes of the Feb. 11 regular meeting.