Juicy Battle Over Local Business
"This is ridiculous...This is something that should not be happening in a residential neighborhood," said White.
But as of now, the county doesn't differentiate between residential and commercial areas.
"We are one of the few first class counties who do not have zoning of any nature," said county commissioner Chris Wrigley.
That means Shakel's Secret owner Mike Barnard can open his strip club anywhere he wants in Cole County. But the county commission wants to make sure this doesn't happen again.
"Certainly we don't want them to be located in a residential neighborhood, " said Wrigley.
After its meeting, the commission decided to get other opinions on whether or not zoning is the way to go. They want to avoid a situation which would have Barnard's business on one side and homes on the other. White says she hopes neighbors will help make changes.
"This is their neighborhood just as well as mine, and they should not be afraid to speak up about what's happening at the end of the block."
Since Barnard already has a business license to operate his adult entertainment store, he will not be affected by any new zoning requirements.