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County panel to study adult business laws

May 09, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County officials Thursday agreed to set up a committee to study other possible regulations that could be passed to regulate sexually oriented businesses in the county.

At last week's Jefferson County Commission meeting, two commissioners agreed to be on a committee to study additional adult business regulations.

But there was confusion about whether the commissioners formed the committee or just agreed to have two members sit on it. The rest of the committee members would come from the Jefferson County Planning Commission.

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The commissioners agreed Thursday to set up the committee, especially since the commissioners would have more authority over such regulations compared to the planning commission.

The commission agreed to form the committee despite Commissioner James G. Knode's comment about whether the county has "any business delving into this at all."

Jefferson County resident Lavarr McBride wants the county to pass regulations controlling what adult business owners can allow inside their establishments - among other regulations - but Knode said he has not seen anything in state law that allows such regulations.

Knode has said he was doubtful the commissioners can pass any stricter regulations than those they have already approved.

Under new law passed recently by the commissioners, adult businesses would be limited to about one square mile of land divided among four areas in the county.

The law also requires that sexually oriented businesses be located 1,500 feet from homes, churches or schools.

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