Adairsville looks at revising business regulations
by Matt Shinall
Sep 30, 2011 | 1128 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a special called meeting Thursday night, the city of Adairsville approved a 30-day moratorium on chapter 22 of the city code, a section dealing with businesses falling under governmental regulation.

Current codes are lacking in reference to permitting issues and officials are looking to strengthen the section for new concerns.

Originally, chapter 22 was written to oversee pawn brokers and bed and breakfast inns. Language will address other businesses falling under local government regulations, including tattoo parlors and the increasing threat of "pill mills" masquerading as pain management clinics. Communities surrounding Adairsville, including Cartersville and Calhoun, have seen pill mill raids by law enforcement this year.

"A lot of the cities and counties closer in are getting things like pill mills, and they're adopting resolutions to run them off and we expect them to run where nobody does regulate them and we want to get ahead of that," said City Manager Pat Crook.

The changes also will align codes with regulations followed by law enforcement.

During the moratorium, permitting will not be allowed for businesses falling within chapter 22. Normal occupational tax certificates will not be affected. Existing businesses will be grandfathered into much of the new code, although updated requirements will be enforced, which may include electronic reporting by pawn shops for the monitoring of stolen goods.

If the time frame allotted for changes is deemed insufficient, the moratorium could be extended.

Also approved at Thursday's special called meeting was an amendment to the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax agreement with the county to clarify the type of narrow-band radio system to be purchased. Earlier documents specified an 800 megahertz system. The amendment broadens the scope of equipment qualified for purchase.

Lastly, the city of Adairsville reappointed Rita Pritchard to the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention and Visitors Bureau.