Archive for Thursday, December 13, 2012

City strengthens massage regulations

December 13, 2012

Following the recent arrests for prostitution at local “massage” businesses, the city of Bonner Springs has made some changes to its laws concerning such businesses.

The Bonner Springs City Council Monday approved a change in its business regulations to include stronger language to enforce the laws and close a business for violations and illegal activity. Changes were made for both massage therapy business establishment licenses and massage therapist licenses.

Following the meeting, Mayor Clausie Smith said the city’s former regulations were strong enough for police enforcement but were changed to strengthen the city government’s powers in illegal situations.

Among the changes is the city clerk’s right to close a business upon suspension or revocation of the business’s license. Previously, the city gave a licensee at least 10 days’ written notice of the charges and the opportunity for a public hearing before the city council.

Now, the licensee may still appeal and meet with the city council within 30 days, but the business will cease to operate until the council’s decision.

In early November, Bonner Springs police raided two massage businesses and arrested four people on charges related to prostitution. They were reported to be the first prostitution charges seen in the municipal court in the city’s history.

In other business, the council:

• Recognized former employee Tim Pierce with a placque and proclamation.

• Approved the consent agenda items.

• Conducted a budget hearing for and approved amendments to the 2012 budget.

• Approved ordinances to establish water and sewer rates.

• Approved amendments to the water/wastewater adjustment policies.

• Approved an ordinance to amend cemetery fees.

• Approved an ordinance to establish the city’s authority to issue notices to appear and add penalty sections.

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