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ADULT ENTERTAINMENT DECREE REWORDED: City to clarify strip club ordinance

March 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A proposed ordinance banning strip clubs in Columbia City will have some of its language clarified before being presented to the common council.

Ordinance 2013-11, which prohibits nude and semi-nude acts in commercial establishments in the city, did not take effect. The ordinance unanimously passed during its first reading at the March 12 meeting.

City Attorney Marcia McNagny said there were two parts of the ordinance that needed clarification.

“There are just parts of the document that seem broad,” she said. “It does not have a definition of the term ‘act’ or have a definition of a commercial establishment.”

With an ordinance that broad, there could be violations that were not within the intent.

“We wouldn’t want someone to get in trouble for changing a baby at the Y,” McNagny said. “We want to create some definition so we can change that part of the ordinance.”

Council members were supportive of the decision.

“With what’s going on in Angola right now, that’s probably a good idea,” said Councilman Ben Romine.

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