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County to regulate ‘adult’ businesses
Wilson County NewsApril 11, 2012 | 2,095 views | 3 comments
While Wilson County Attorney Russell Wilson is unaware of any existing sexually oriented businesses operating within the county, he and the Wilson County Commissioners Court are taking a proactive stance in regulating such establishments. They reviewed a draft set of regulations at the commissioners’ April 9 meeting.
Wilson said the flood of workers being lured to the area by the Eagle Ford shale oil and natural gas boom also has brought with it the desire for adult entertainment. He cited the example of Poth, which already has received applications from those interested in establishing those types of businesses there. The Poth Planning and Zoning Committee was set to hold a public hearing on its proposed regulations April 10 at 7 p.m.
Wilson said that state law allows counties to regulate sexually oriented businesses within its unincorporated areas.
Under the regulations, sexually oriented businesses only can be located:
•A minimum of 1,500 feet from a child-care facility, school, dwelling, hospital, public building, public park, or house of worship.
•A minimum of 1 mile from a penal institution.
•Not within 2,000 feet of more than two other businesses.
These regulations, Wilson said, will require the county to do a takings analysis. This is done to make sure the county would not unconstitutionally deprive someone of his or her property rights. Upon completion of this step, the county would then post a legal notice in a newspaper of general circulation 30 days before the new regulations become effective.
“I think we’re all in agreement that we want to make this as stringent as we can,” said Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney. “As a rural county, we want to keep [sexually oriented businesses] out as much as possible.”
Also during the meeting, the commissioners voted to establish early voting days ahead of the May 29 primary election. In Floresville, early voting will take place in Wilson County Courthouse Annex III, located near the corner of Fourth and A streets, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 14-25.
In La Vernia, early voting will take place in the La Vernia City Hall, located near the corner of Chihuahua Street and F.M. 775. Because of a scheduling conflict with the annual Bluebonnet Festival, however, early voting is limited to May 21-25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wilson County Clerk Eva Martinez said the conflict stems from laws related to the security of voting equipment that is stored at a polling location overnight.
In other action, the commissioners voted to:
•Ban trucks requiring the operator to possess a commercial driver license from C.R. 126, C.R. 161, C.R. 324, Kothmann Road, and C.R. 427 between F.M. 3335 and S.H. 123. The ban, which does not include local deliveries or agricultural vehicles, does not take effect until proper signage is installed at those locations.
•Reimburse Carl Lyssy of Cibolo 6 Ranch LLC $6,220 from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office estray livestock account for expenses incurred when a herd of loose, unclaimed cattle caused damage at his ranch before being captured and auctioned.
•Reappoint Ralph Gerhardt and Maureen West as public members at-large of the Wilson County Development Review Committee.
In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney, commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley, County Attorney Russell Wilson, County Auditor Ray Wolff, Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., County Clerk Eva Martinez, and Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek.
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