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Adairsville adopts zoning, adult entertainment ordinances

The Adairsville City Council adopted an adult entertainment ordinance, a zoning ordinance and readopted the official zoning map of the city Thursday. All items had been discussed in length at the council’s Tuesday work session and, save a few changes, were ready to be discussed at a public hearing.

“The city instituted a commercial building moratorium a few months ago because some of our ordinances were a little antiquated,” City Manager Pam Madison said. “So we adopted a new adult entertainment ordinance, which establishes things like the type of facility, the type of lighting permitted, no alcohol served or type of entertainment allowed. The one we had was from the late 1980s and there has been case law since then that weakens our building codes and property ordinances. We revisited these ordinances and full codification will follow.”

The ordinance specifically prohibits nudity although semi-nudity is allowed provided the person is an employee and remains at least six feet from any patron. Also employees are prohibited from touching a customer. The ordinance further states that no adult entertainment venue be open between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Sexually oriented businesses must also be located at least 1,000 feet from a place of worship, a business licensed to sell alcohol or another sexually oriented business. It must be at least 500 feet from daycare centers, schools, colleges, public park, residence or a parcel zoned residential.

In other business, the council:
• Approved the re-election of Mayor Ken Carson and council members Alan Towe and Erwin Holcombe. All three are incumbents and faced no challengers.

• Authorized the city manager to expend unspent budget allocations in the water and gas funds in an amount not to exceed $300,000.

• Approved the purchase of two city vehicles not to exceed $20,000 from the Confiscated Assets fund.

• Approved May 14, 2016, as the city’s 2016 Barbeque & Blues Event.

The Adairsville City Council will hold a work session on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at city hall.