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LIMA With someone asking about opening a sexually oriented business in the city, City Council approved Tuesday a nine-month moratorium on such businesses.The moratorium prohibits new construction, changing a building or other activity that would result in the opening of a new store. Council adopted the temporary ban 8-1. First Ward Councilman Kurt Neeper voted against it.Law Director Tony Geiger would not comment on the person or business asking about opening in the city but said no formal application has been made to the city. On Tuesday, he told council someone asked about zoning laws pertaining to such businesses. The person no longer has plans to open a business in the original property the owner asked about but could seek out another location, council President John Nixon said.The city cannot permanently prohibit such businesses but can for a time. The city could develop a comprehensive ordinance that would regulate such businesses, primarily through the zoning code, Geiger said, but the city currently has no such law on the books. Someone could also apply for a permit in the nine months to receive an exemption from the moratorium. The city has used moratoriums in the past, including a 2001 moratorium on sexually oriented businesses. At the time, the city put it in place after learning a company was considering opening a dance club in Lima. The moratorium was put in place to give council time to develop regulations. The original six-month moratorium was extended for four months, but council never adopted an ordinance.

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