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Batavia aldermen to further discuss tattoo parlors

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia aldermen will take a second look at whether new tattoo parlors should be prohibited from opening in the city’s downtown.

Aldermen at Batavia City Council’s meeting Monday voted, 7-6, to send the issue back to committee for further discussion.

They have been considering removing tattoo parlors and piercing studios from the list of uses allowed in the downtown mixed-use district.

Batavia 3rd Ward Alderman Dan Chanzit and 4th Ward Alderman Jamie Saam said prohibiting tattoo parlors would further stigmatize tattoo parlors.

They said tattoo parlors need to be sanitary and follow the proper regulations to stay in business.

The proposed change would not affect the two tattoo parlors currently in downtown, which would be grandfathered in as a noncomforming use.

Fallen Star Tattoo is located on South Batavia Avenue, and Twizted Images recently moved from South Washington Street to East Wilson Street.

Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said he was in favor of not permitting new tattoo parlors in downtown, saying the city needed to maintain control of them.

The city’s zoning code would continue to permit tattoo parlors elsewhere in the city, in both the community commercial and mixed-use zoning districts.

Tattoo parlors are defined as those that apply permanent tattoos and not cosmetic tattoos.

The Batavia Plan Commission previously voted, 5-1, to recommend removing tattoo parlors and piercing studios from the list of uses allowed in the downtown mixed-use district.

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