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SALEM Ordinance limits adult businesses



Published: Thu, February 21, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Fees, licensing and location are among the items addressed in the measure.

By NORMAN LEIGH

VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU

SALEM -- Anyone wishing to establish an adult-oriented business in the city will find themselves faced with tougher regulations.

City council adopted an ordinance Wednesday that strengthens a measure regulating such enterprises, though there is none in the city and there seem to be no plans to put any here.

The measure's key supporter, Alma Apicella, R-at large, has said having a stronger law in place may deter an adult video shop, strip joint or related enterprise from coming to the city.

Area clergy urged council to adopt the more stringent measure.

Provisions: The new ordinance states that its intent isn't to prohibit anyone from exercising their right to own or patronize adult-oriented businesses.

But the ordinance also states that city officials think such businesses "have adverse secondary effects which should be regulated."

Those effects include casual sex, sexually transmitted diseases and reductions in surrounding property values.

The law sets forth a number of requirements, including owner licensing.

A prospective licensee must pay a $500 fee upon applying. Applicants also will be required to submit detailed information on themselves and the business they propose.

They also will be subjected to criminal background checks.

The legislation also limits adult-business hours to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. They must be closed on Sundays and holidays.

Adult businesses may be located only in commercially zoned districts and cannot be within 1,000 feet of a church, school, day-care center, playground, park, community center or residence.

Parks levy: In other matters, council agreed to place a 1-mill, five-year parks levy renewal on the May 7 primary ballot.

If adopted, the measure would raise about $169,412 annually.

The levy being renewed expired last year. Collections on it will continue until the end of this year.




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