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Committee approves next step in jail process

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Citing it as the next step in the jail process, the Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee Monday approved the creation of an Ad Hoc Jail Planning Committee.

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"This won't be the final," Committee Chair Jeff Holst said in describing the committee. He said this committee's goals will include retaining an engineering/architectural firm to determine what type of configuration will work best on county property at what cost.

The committee will consist of three county board members appointed by Holst, who is the county board chair. The appointees will be named soon, Holst said, as he would like their results to the full board by December/January.

Adult entertainment

The committee gave a vote of non-approval to forward on to the full county board to amend part of the Pierce County Code relating to adult entertainment.

Land Management Director Andy Pichotta explained the Land Management Committee determined a new classification for adult entertainment uses is needed and it should be a conditionally permitted use in an industrial district. At a Land Management Committee meeting in June, the committee approved setbacks for adult entertainment uses, which included: 1,320 feet from schools, churches, daycares and parks, 500 feet from residential zoning districts and 300 feet from off-site residences.

Pichotta said the request was brought forth by the Town of Rock Elm, who at the time had several foreclosed bars and were wondering if a new owner would come and turn any into an establishment for adult entertainment (they have all since been purchased).

The committee discussed the amendment in detail and a majority felt uncomfortable with the request.

"I think this is unnecessary and could be handled in a different way," Jon Aubart said.

Added Holst: "I have never been in favor of enforcing my morals onto someone else."

Therefore, the committee gave a vote of non-approval and will let the full board discuss the matter Tuesday, Aug. 27.

For more please read the August 7 print version of the Herald. 

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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