County strengthens restrictions in adult business ordinance
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
May 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At its Monday evening meeting, Trigg County’s Fiscal Court passed a first reading of the FY 2011/2012 budget and gave final approval to an ordinance that more heavily restricts adult businesses.

The meeting was held at the Trigg County Recreation Complex Convention Center to give plenty of room for people who wanted to talk to the fiscal court about the adult business ordinance. However, only four or five people were present.

The total FY 2011/2012 budget is $6,380,325, which Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said is 6.75 percent larger than the budget for the current fiscal year. He said that among other things, it includes a 2.5 percent increase for county employees’ salaries and a $20,000 supplement for the Cadiz/Trigg County Tourism Commission.

“We’ve been working on this (budget) for a long time now,” said Humphries.

The draft budget proposes $3,843,614 for the General Fund, $1,378,890 for the Road Fund, $471,808 for the Jail Fund, $636,013 for the Sheriff’s Department Fund and $50,000 for the Local Government Economic Assistance (LGEA) Fund.

Humphries said that the court has already approved parts of the budget, namely the Jail Fund, the Sheriff’s Fund and the LGEA Fund.

Magistrate Nelson asked if the tax rates were the same for the upcoming budget. Humphries said that while the county doesn’t set its tax rates until August, for the purposes of the working budget the rate is “essentially” the same.

“The Justice Center does not cost necessarily Trigg County dollars, but we do pay bills and wait to be reimbursed,” Humphries said, adding that that’s part of the reason why the proposed budget was somewhat “elevated.”

“I think it’s a great budget, it’s a conservative budget, it’s a working budget,” Magistrate Jon Goodwin said.

Magistrate Larry Lawrence made a motion, which Nelson seconded, to approve on first reading the FY 2011/2012 budget, and the vote was unanimous. Oliver said that a second reading will likely take place during one of the court’s June meetings. Humphries said that Frankfort will also have to give its approval to the county’s budget.

Trigg County Attorney Randy Braboy took about 10 minutes to summarize the adult business ordinance on the second reading. It had taken him more than 40 minutes to summarize it at the Monday, April 4, meeting.

At a meeting earlier in the year, Ken Culwell of Grow Trigg told magistrates that the county’s ordinance wasn’t as strict as the city ordinance, and that while he didn’t know of any adult businesses planning to move into the area, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any in the future.

The ordinance contends that adult oriented businesses are often used for illegal activities like prostitution and that such businesses often have a negative effect on communities, and it also lists the spread of sexually transmitted diseases as a concern.

The ordinance doesn’t ban such businesses outright but does place many restrictions on them. Businesses regulated by the ordinance include adult arcades, adult bookstores, adult novelty stores, adult video stores, adult cabarets, adult motels, adult cinemas and strip clubs.

Every application for a license costs $5,550, whether someone is applying for a new license or is renewing a current one.

“I think it’s a good ordinance,” said Lawrence.

Magistrate Mike Wright said he’s been asked by multiple constituents why the court doesn’t simply ban such businesses outright. Braboy said the issue is one of freedom of speech, and that while they can’t ban these businesses outright, they can put time and place restrictions on them.

Magistrate Barry Littlejohn made a motion, which Magistrate Richard Nelson seconded, to adopt the ordinance, and the vote was unanimous. Braboy said the ordinance will be in effect when it is able to be published in the Cadiz Record, which will likely be Wednesday, May 11.

Humphries also commented on the flooding in the area as well as the death of Osama bin Laden, which was announced late Sunday night.

“In the last couple of weeks, we’ve had devastating thunder, wind, tornadoes … we’ve dodged a bullet,” Humphries said. “There are neighbors to the south of us who are not as fortunate.”

He also talked about “unprecedented” lake levels that are causing flooding in much of the area but are especially affected counties to the north and to the west, such as Paducah and Smithland.

In other business, the court also paid its monthly bills. Notable bills include $72,270 to McKeel Equipment Co. for a backhoe, $6,427 to Rogers Group for rock, $1,145 to Sumner’s Welding for materials for the Recreation Complex and $400 to Henry A. Petter Supply for 1,000 sandbags.

Humphries talked about the Census and the reapportionment of magisterial districts and said a committee would be formed to see what kind of redistricting, if any, will be necessary. He added that the process should be complete by mid-September.

Humphries also announced that the National Day of Prayer will take place at noon Thursday at the Justice Center.
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