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4 Thursday, December 1 I, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Adult businesses to be regulated with ordinance by Andy Holtmann PVG Staff The question of where to go and what to do with adult- Indian Trading Post 10% err Thru Christmas Eve Authentic Indian Jewelry Open 7 Days a Week 10 a.m. -  p.m. (Near 160 & Basin) Recommended By Veterinarians For Your Dog's Health. Bring Hie Food & Water Up From The FloOr. Give Your Animal The Love He Or She Deserves, A Christmas Gift That Will Last Forever. 4" - 20" Tables Made In (I} Bowl t2} Bowl & ($} Bowl-Ill Include Stalnlcss Steel Bowls l-Plnt, 1-uart, 1-Quart, 6-uart Available Colors, Natural Wood. Redwood. Oak" & Southwest. Stained & Sealed. Have Tours Personalized With Name, Paw Prints, Boncs.m Etc. Just Tell Us What You Would Like. Order Now For Christmas Delivery CALL TODAY 702-254-8576 702-254-6403 FAX . $95.oo orientated businesses came before the Pahrump Town Board on Tuesday, December 9. Board member Steve Rainbolt said he brought the issue before the board after receiving a few phone calls from residents concerned that adult businesses were pop- ping up too close to residential areas. He said there has been concern from the public and the town that some ousinesses have expanded their operations to mostly adult material in areas where the town would rather not see them. "I am in no way trying to limit the constitutionality of free speech," Rainbolt said. "It is not a big problem at the time, but I figure if we discuss it'now, it's the best way to deal with the issue." The town has no authority to pass zoning laws, but several weeks ago, the town board asked Town Attorney Leonard Smith to draft a sample ordinance to regulate the location of adult businesses. Smith read portions of the newly-drafted ordinance on Tuesday. Smith said the ordinance states that adult businesses should be limited to certain parts of the community. There are also provisions relating to businesses that sell predominately X-rated or adult material, keeping their location at least 1,000 feet away from schools or churches. Adult businesses would also have to remain at least 1,000 feet away from similar businesses to avoid clumping them to- gether in one place. Rainbolt said that the ordinance would not apply to those businesses that have an X-rated section, while the majority of their sales are not adult-orientated. To fall under the ordinance, he said a business would have to have 60 percent of their sales be based on adult material. The other town board members agreed the ordi- nance was needed and directed Smith to send the draft to the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) for fur- ther review. Smith said the RPC has 21 days after receiving the draft to make adjustments and get back to the town or the ordinance will become valid as it was written. Board member Charlie Gronda ques- tioned whether that gave the RPC enough time. Smith said that legally, the 21 days allowed for enough time. "It is going to be interesting. I agree it is needed, but it is going to be interesting to see what happens," said Bob Little. "In this community, it is essentially like imposing prohibition." Rainbolt said his intention was to try and limit most of the adult businesses to the downtown area of Pahr- ump. He said his intention is not to stop these busi- nesses from growing or operating, only to keep them out of view from residents who don't want them in their backyard or across the street. "I agree with the idea," board member Gary Hollis said. "This is a concern that needs to be looked at closely." Rainbolt said that until the county commissioners put a full blown zoning ordinance into place in the PAHRUMP VALLEY TEMPORARY LABOR SERVICE Call Joy Morrissey 727-4144 Pahrump Valley, the or- dinance regulating the placement of these busi- nesses will be treated as the town's addition to the county's zoning or- dinance. He said it should be treated as an idea that the commis- sioners should look at when the zoning issue is finally tackled. 1280 E. CALVAI)A BLVD. John D. Sayler, PA-C and Jane B. Davis, PA-C In association with Robert W. Shreck, M.D. 77