Adult oriented business could open near Meriden
Rumors about a proposed adult entertainment club near Meriden are no longer rumors.
A conditional use permit has been filed with the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning office to allow an eating and drinking establishment with what’s described as a Kansas Class B private club. Under state statute the business is defined as a sexually oriented business.
Zachary Snyder and Highway Four Properties LLC is listed as the applicant. The owner of the property is listed as Holly Spiess, owner of Comp-U-Sew LLC. According to a warranty deed filed with the Register of Deeds office Spiess transferred the property to Comp-U-Sew on Oct. 22, 2009. Oather E. Rutledge is listed as the secretary/treasurer.
The proposed property lies just outside the Meriden City limits and just hundreds of feet from Jeff West schools along K-4 Highway.
The proposed name of the establishment is Oasis Saloon. In the application it says owners will only fix a one square foot sign on the front door that indicates it is an adult business inside. The application says “management does not wish to offend anyone by exterior signage.”
The application also listed other steps that will be taken to ensure no unwanted eyes will see anything inappropriate. The adult entertainment area will be a separate area that is shielded from the view of the restaurant area. Furthermore, the adult area will require a membership with strict ID issues. The applicants say they want the outside to be “aesthetically pleasing” and landscaped.
Filed with the application is a book more than an inch thick outlining studies about the adverse effects of having an adult establishment nearby and several court cases dealing with adult entertainment.
The application also lists some self-imposed regulations such as no entertainer can leave without an escort, no entertainer can leave with a patron and no drugs or discussion of drugs.
Many rumors have also been circulating about the city of Meriden annexing the property to the city.
Earlier this month City Clerk Carrie Daniels was asked if the city discussed or took action on an annexation at last month’s meeting. Daniels said no and directed this reporter to City Attorney Lee Hendricks, however, Hendricks has not returned several phone messages left at his office over the past two weeks.
However, it appears from a letter dated May 13, 2010, from Daniels to the Planning and Zoning Department that the city hooked the property up to the city’s sewer system and waived a $750 connection fee in lieu of the property being annexed by the city. The letter also states that the city of Meriden has an ordinance that requires any property connected to the sewer system to be within city limits.
Many church and civic groups in the county have already begun a rally against the business and plan on being at any public hearing concerning the matter.
On Monday Eloise Tichenor, planning and zoning director, said all eight municipalities in the county have a referral agreement that allows the city a 30-day comment period before being sent back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for public hearings.
Tichenor said on Monday that she is still working with the filing party to finalize the application, but expects to release it to the city by the end of this week to begin the 30-day comment period.
The application lists some proposed operation times for the business. Monday through Saturday the adult area plans on opening at 11 a.m. and closing at 2 a.m. On Sundays the adult business would be open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. The bar and restaurant area will have slightly longer hours.
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