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TIFTON - If you were planning to get a tattoo in downtown Tifton in the next six months, forget it. The City of Tifton issued a moratorium Monday on the issuance of business licenses and permits for tattoo parlors, body piercing businesses (other than ears), adult novelties and adult entertainment.

City Attorney Greg Sowell said the six-month moratorium does not affect any current businesses and will allow the city time to formulate land use planning responses consistent with changes in state law. The council would have several options ranging from outright bans to restricting the businesses to certain zoning areas, he said.

In other action during a called meeting, council approved a resolution to allow loan payments to the Georgia Environment Facilities Authority to be automatically deducted from city bank accounts. Financial officer Carmina Turner said the city will moving toward more paperless transactions in the future and may be able to accept on-line payments for utilties by February or March 2003.

Council also voted to send a review and update of the South Georgia Multi-Jurisdictional Waste Management Plan to the South Georgia Regional Development Center for processing to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Sanitation Director Cal Carpenter said the plan, adopted regionally as mandated by the state in 1992, has to be revised every 10 years. Two public hearings have been held locally and others are scheduled regionally during the 60-day processing period.



To contact city editor Florence Rankin, call 382-4321, ext. 209.



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