Tattoo parlor ordinance passes

By Troy Brooks -

JONESVILLE — In addition to other business handled Monday during the Jonesville Town Council meeting, the board passed an ordinance to regulate the location of tattoo and body piercing parlors.

Last month’s council meeting held a public hearing on the matter. Following the hearing, the town council directed Town Manager Scott Buffkin to draft an ordinance to regulate the location of tattoo and body piercing parlors. The draft included new definitions for body piercing, body piercing parlors, tattooing, and tattoo parlors.

“The parlors must be set 500 feet away from any existing religious institution, daycare, park, or school,” said Buffkin. “It is my understanding that wording is very similar to Elkin’s ordinance regarding the location of such parlors. An parlors currently located in those areas are exempt from this ordinance as it will only affect future parlors unless the business ceases to operate for a period of six months.”

Tommy Casstevens’ term on the Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority board is set to expire at the end of June. The sewer authority requested to make an appointment to fill the vacancy. Commissioner Anita Darnell was appointed to the position and the resolution was passed. The term of the appointment is three years.

The ABC Board requested to make an appointment to fill a vacancy. Richard Edwards was nominated by Councilwoman Judy Wolfe, but no one else seconded the resolution. Regina Atkins was nominated for another term on the board and the nomination was seconded and passed. The term will last three years.

A request was made by Wolfe to close North Swaim and East Church streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 2 for an event at the Pentecostal Holiness Church. The request will be forwarded to the NC DOT for closing West Main Street from Swaim Street to the upper end of Cherry Street. The motion was passed.

A brief discussion of the July meeting took place recalling the town council’s skipping of the July meeting due to the fact there were few items of consequence to be considered. The council believes they are heading for a similar situation this coming year. The motion was passed to not hold a July meeting.

During the public comments, Jonesville resident Jerry Brown spoke about the culvert running underneath Purdue Street near his home. He’s had issues for years that the culvert is undersized and not sloped the right way. The culvert has been cleaned out a number of times over the past few years.

Council member Tracy Wall stated he would like to have a discussion on the status of the Jonesville library in a future meeting.

Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.

By Troy Brooks

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