The first reading of a proposed amendment to a sexually oriented business ordinance was read during Hogansville Council meeting on Tuesday.
City Manager James Wood said the city has reviewed applications for sexually oriented businesses and realized that they “were being treated differently than alcohol businesses.”
Alcohol businesses require all employees to have an ID card and pass a background check to check for felonies regarding violence and drugs. Owners of sexually oriented businesses are required to do the same in the current ordinance, however, employees do not have the same requirements.
“This amendment requires that every employee of a massage parlor or any other adult business that may come into town keep an ID card, and they must have it before they are employed,” said Moon. “And they can’t have any convictions regarding sexual oriented convictions or felonies, with regards to violence or drugs or misdemeanors.”
After passing background checks, police would issue the card to the employee within seven days. The same fees associated with alcohol licensing and background checks would apply to sexually oriented businesses.
Council members also approved the renewal of the Employee Assistance Program Agreement that serves city employees. The program provides financial, grief and some psychiatric counseling. The current contract is at $2.60 per employee and will increase to $2.67 per employee by the end of the year when the contract renews.
“For all the services it’s utilized for, it’s a great bargain to the city,” said Moon.
The meeting began with the swearing in of newly elected councilman George Bailey.