Piasa Body Art has been granted a special use permit that will allow the business to relocate from the Homer Adams Parkway to the corner of Broadway and Henry Street in Alton. After hearing testimony from nearly a dozen people stating their opinions, the aldermen voted exactly as they did last month when they approved a change in wording to the zoning ordinance that approves one tattoo shop in the zoning district as a special use.
Following an observation from Plan Commission member Bill Stoutenborough that allowing one shop might create a monopoly, Alderman David Boulds proposed laying over the issue to allow for more study of the issue.
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Alderman Jim Ryan did not think that was necessary.
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The motion to lay over the issue was soundly defeated. The special use to allow the shop passed by a 5-3 margin. Voting yes were Aldermen Ryan, Carolyn MacAfee, Alice Martin and Charles Brake, as well as Mayor Brant Walker. Voting no were Aldermen Mike Velloff, Gary Fleming and Boulds.