GALLIPOLIS — What defines a permanent business was a topic of discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of Gallipolis City Commission.
Commission President Tony Gallagher spoke about small, “Amish-type” buildings sitting on lots in Gallipolis. Gallagher said he’d gotten calls from residents who didn’t like the looks of them, though they are on private property.
“The city’s not getting any money out of it,” Gallagher said.
City Manager Gene Greene said he’d gotten some complaints about these buildings as well. Greene added, the question is, are these a business or not a business? Greene explained the city charges food vendors to set up shop, there’s even a charge for yard sales and for contractors’ licences. Some of these small buildings are presumably being brought into Gallipolis and sold with the city getting nothing out of it, according to the meeting’s discussion.
“How many of these do we want?” Greene asked commissioners, concerning these lots of buildings.
The city charges $100 a week to those who wish to operate a temporary business. City Solicitor Adam Salisbury said he was of the opinion they were temporary stores and there are code sections in place regarding registration and fees concerning temporary businesses. In addition to the $100 a week, the code states the temporary business can be considered temporary for no longer than 120 days and then must file for a permanent business permit.
“We’ve got codes for it, let’s enforce it,” Commissioner Matt Johnson said.
Commissioners agreed to send a code enforcement officer to these types of establishments and begin enforcement where applicable.
More on this week’s city commission meeting in an upcoming edition.
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