CLINTON — After lengthy discussion about the Massage Establishments and Fats, Oils and Grease ordinances over the past months, one councilman was concerned Tuesday with waiving first and second readings.
All three readings of the changes to Chapter 115 (massage/technicians) and Chapter 52 (fats, oils, and grease), were on Tuesday's council agenda. Generally, ordinances and other council items require three readings before it can pass — the council may choose to waive readings in order to push an item.
"Is there some rush on these that we aren't reading all three of them?" Councilman Lynn McGraw asked.
Massage Therapy ordinance
Councilman Bill Schemers, who has worked on the massage ordinance, said he'd like to keep the momentum, as the first discussions of this ordnance started in March.
Amendments to Chapter 115 of the city code include clarifying the rule's purpose: to provide regulation — rather than just licensing — of massage therapist and massage therapy businesses and to establish a regulation against unauthorized delivery of services.
Schemers worked with several professional organizations, including the Carlson College of Massage Therapy and law enforcement, to improve the ordinance in an attempt to ensure no unwanted activity takes place, and to protect these establishments.
Among other things, it adds a proof of insurance clause for "injury to patrons of at least $1 million per occurrence and $1 million aggregate," a list of therapists working at the address and a copy of identification, in its application requirements. The ordnances also adds extensive definitions of several levels of these businesses, i.e. reflexology and massage therapists rather than technician. It eliminates the technician permit, focusing on therapy and therapists.
Fats, Oils and Grease
This ordinance was amended to encourage restaurants to install a grease interceptor within the next two years, with an up to $1,500 payback incentive.
These changes did not make it past the second reading, but councilmen seem to feel positively about the change. However, McGraw — a restaurant owner — had issues with the rush. The waiving of the second reading failed.
"Why are we rushing this one through? Last meeting, we changed it that we were going to give people until June 30 2020, so what is the rush now?" she asked.
Though the second consideration waiver fell through, the council did approve the first reading.
If passed, the installation and maintenance requirements of Chapter 52 in Clinton's code would subject establishments to a one year rebate. From passage of the ordinance to June 30, 2019, businesses that install a grease interceptor will receive a rebate from the city.