Lansing backs limits on types of businesses permitted

2013-03-09T19:00:00Z 2013-03-09T22:14:07Z Lansing backs limits on types of businesses permittedGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 09, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

LANSING | The Village Board gave its approval Tuesday to a measure that will restrict the number of businesses such as payday loan stores and nail salons that can legally operate in the south suburb.

Village trustees voted 6-0 on a measure that puts into village ordinances how many licenses for businesses such as payday loan stores, nail salons and dry cleaners can be issued at any one time.

Timothy Lapp, the village attorney, said the intent of the measure is not to eliminate any existing businesses, but to ensure that new licenses are not issued unless existing businesses surrender their license.

Lapp said the measure is meant to prevent there being too many of any one type of business in Lansing.

"We don't want to have a situation where we get five nail salons located in one block," Lapp said.

The amendment to business license regulations came following a study that took officials several months to complete, Lapp said. Village officials in the past had placed limits on businesses such as cash-for-gold stores.

In other business, village officials also approved without opposition a measure imposing new regulations on donation and recycle containers that are meant to allow people to easily donate items for use by nonprofit organizations.

Lapp said some for-profit businesses are using similar containers to accept items they later resell for profit. He said those businesses will receive a notice informing them they have 60 days to remove their containers from Lansing.

"We want to permit these containers for the nonprofit organizations only," Lapp said.

Trustees also approved a measure that people whose property has a lien put on it by the village will have to pay a $150 fee in order to have the lien lifted, along with whatever debt they had that caused the lien to be imposed in the first place.

Trustees also approved the prevailing wage ordinance that the village is supposed to vote for annually. The measure should have been voted on in June, but Lapp said trustees failed to do so. Tuesday's vote covers 2012, and Lapp said the issue will be voted on for this year come summer.

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