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Planning commissioners on board with changes to adult entertainment code

Sunnyside planning commissioners last night, Wednesday, approved a proposed revamping to the city's municipal code that addresses adult entertainment establishment regulation.

According to city attorney Mark Kunkler, Sunnyside 10 years ago adopted what's on the books now, which is only about a page or two. The proposed amendment is 17 pages.

This past summer a moratorium was placed on business licenses for adult entertainment establishments after business owner Chuck Egley applied, according to Sunnyside City Manager Eric Swansen, to feature exotic dancing at an existing lounge.

Kunkler said that particular situation sparked action, with the city recognizing the opportunity to delve into the matter further with regard to the city code and how it addresses it.

According to the existing code, no adult entertainment business can be located within 1,000 feet of city parks and schools.

Planning commissioner Jeff Barrom asked if that still held true if the city decided to stop maintaining a park and Kunkler responded that it does.

Kunkler was also asked if there are any current business license applications on record for adult entertainment and he responded no, but Egley has applied for an adult cabaret business license, which city officials say means Egley would like to serve alcohol and his business would feature dancing.

The proposed city code amendment, reviewed at last night's hearing, goes into great lengths describing different types of adult entertainment businesses, like adult arcade and adult bookstores.

The amendment states that individuals applying for an adult entertainment business license must include a summary of business history of each applicant, all criminal convictions, excluding minor infractions, like traffic citations, for the past five years, the applicant's employment history for the past three years and two two-inch by two-inch color, passport-quality photographs of each applicant.

An adult entertainment business manager's license issued by the city would also be required and the applicant would also have to provide criminal history for the previous five years.

In addition, an entertainer's license for employees of an adult entertainment business that is issued by Sunnyside would also be required under the proposed changes in the city code.

Said Kunkler, "Part of a good thing that will come out of this is a complete revision of the business license application process." He added that it will allow for more detailed forms.

No citizens took to the podium to protest the proposed amendment.

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