Juicers, a North Lawrence club featuring nude dancers, would be able to remain in business under a proposed ordinance going before the Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday night.
The ordinance, developed by David Corliss, assistant to the city manager, would allow any existing adult-entertainment business to be exempted from location requirements requested by the commission.
Juicers, 913 N. Second, is within 1,000 feet of residentially zoned property, one of several prohibitions listed in the ordinance. Owner Jeff Wallace had objected to an earlier version of the ordinance, which would have forced him to locate elsewhere in the community.
Such a requirement, for an existing business, does not have a sufficient legal basis, Corliss said.
The ordinance also would set the minimum age for patrons of such businesses at 18, rather than 21 as the commission requested.
"We weren't able to come up with a substantial government interest in setting the age limit at 21," Corliss said. "(The commissioners) may be able to do that. We're just providing them with a recommendation that is applicable for the law."
The ordinance would regulate businesses that feature adult entertainment, which includes nude dancers. Juicers opened in April as a "juice bar" and is not regulated by the city's current nude-dancing ban. That ban currently applies only to establishments that serve alcohol.
Commissioners will consider the ordinance during their weekly meeting Tuesday, which begins at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
HERE'S TUESDAY'S agenda:
@sc7.5:On the consent agenda, commissioners will consider:
-- Minutes from various city boards and commissions.
-- Payment of city bills.
-- Drinking-establishment licenses for: Rick's Place, 623 Vt.; The Sandbar, Ricky Dean's Inc., 17 E. Eighth; and Low Rider Mexican Cafe, 943 Mass.
-- Awarding two bids for housing rehabilitation projects: Beaver Construction, $15,290 for 612 Elm; General Construction Inc., $14,888 for 804 Crestline.
-- Rejecting all bids for a housing rehabilitation project at 2103 Orchard Ln.
-- Rejecting a bid for a cargo/utility vehicle for the Lawrence Police Department.
-- Awarding a $111,574 microsurfacing bid to LRM Industries Inc., for various street repaving, including portions of Sixth, Iowa and Lyon streets and Bullene Avenue.
-- An ordinance, on final reading, establishing licensing requirements for sidewalk dining.
-- A resolution ordering the construction of streets, sidewalks and storm sewers in the Colonial Place Addition.
-- A resolution ordering the construction of sanitary sewers in the Colonial Place Addition.
-- Referring to staff a letter from Rick Zarley, requesting a portion of a utility easement between lots 46 and 47 in Cimarron Hills No. 5.
-- Authorize Lawrence Memorial Hospital's request for a waiver from the city requirement for tapping into city water lines. The hospital -- which is planning to build a new medical office building between Arkansas and Missouri and Third and Fourth streets -- wants to connect into a 6-inch city water main with a 6-inch water line, which is 2 inches larger than the city code allows.
-- Authorizing Mayor John Nalbandian to sign a subordination agreement for Larry and Barbara Miller, 1325 E. 16th.
On the regular agenda, commissioners will:
-- Discuss the proposed city budget for next year, including the possibility of financing public transportation. City Manager Mike Wildgen's proposed budget contains no money set aside for establishing a new system, but commissioners agreed to discuss the issue during Tuesday's meeting -- the last scheduled public meeting to consider public input before placing a lid on spending next year.
-- Consider a request for a sign variance allowing Mercantile Bank to install a 22-foot-tall sign at its branch at 3500 W. Sixth.
-- Review and discuss a proposed benefit district for building sidewalks on the south side of 15th Street, between Monterey Way and Wakarusa Drive.
-- Consider a revised draft ordinance regulating sexually oriented businesses.s.