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LIMA — With someone asking about opening a sexually oriented business in the city, City Council will vote Tuesday on a moratorium of such businesses.The moratorium would prohibit such businesses for nine months, Law Director Tony Geiger said. The moratorium would prohibit new construction, changing a building or other activity that would result in the opening of a new store.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.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 enacted an ordinance.The has also used moratoriums in:• 2004 for new billboards while the city developed regulations,• 2005 on massage parlors after a sting found illegal sexual activity in five parlors, and• 2006 on electronic gaming machines.

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