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Town of Bath to consider adult business ordinance

November 12, 2004|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A Bath Town Council member said the council is considering an ordinance restricting adult businesses because council members want to protect the image of the town.

The ordinance restricting exotic entertainment is scheduled to be discussed at the Bath Town Council meeting Monday. The meeting starts at 5 p.m.

Councilwoman Nancy Harvey, who chairs the ordinance committee, said the ordinance draft will not allow exotic entertainment establishments within 2,000 feet of most town businesses and residences, as well as schools, parks and churches.

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The Morgan County Commission adopted a similar ordinance in August. That ordinance restricts the location of establishments within 2,000 feet.

Harvey said she checked an ordinance in Beckley, W.Va., and found it does not allow exotic entertainment establishments within 500 feet of most of the other city's businesses and residences. The council members will discuss the exact footage at the meeting, she said.

She said the Town Council wants to get the ordinance in place before someone attempts to establish an exotic entertainment business.

"We are an historical town and we're trying to protect the image of the town and the citizens and their property," she said.

Harvey said she found it was not legal to ban such establishments.

"We are trying to restrict exotic entertainment," Harvey said. "The Town of Bath has no zoning laws and that's why this ordinance must go in place."

Morgan County Commissioner Tommy Swaim said no exotic entertainment establishments exist in Morgan County.

The Morgan County ordinance classifies exotic entertainment businesses as adult arcades, adult cabarets and adult theaters.

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