The Alton City Council voted in favor of giving a local business owner another shot with the Plan Commission. A large crowd turned out to either speak out on the topic of a tattoo business coming to a building at Broadway and Henry Street, or watch the vote. In the end, a supermajority...with the mayor supporting the rezoning...voted to approved the change.
With Mayor Brant Walker adding his vote, the total was 5 to 3 in favor of Chris Hinkle and Grand Piasa Body Art to go back to the Plan Commission. Last month, the commission voted 6-4 to not support the rezoning. Ward 5 Alderman Charles Brake says he thinks the shop would be good for the downtown area:
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One person who spoke against the business was Alton resident Felicia Hawkins, who didn't think a tattoo parlor should be in that part of town:
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Illinois law states only those 18 and older may receive a tattoo. In the vote, Aldermen Ryan, McAfee, and Martin joined Brake and Mayor Walker in supporting the measure. Voting against were Alderman Boulds, Flemming and Velloff. Chris Hinkle, owner of Grand Piasa Body Art, will now go back to the Plan Commission for a vote on a special use permit.