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Homewood votes to restrict gun sales, denies hair salon bid

Updated: June 20, 2013 6:27AM



The Homewood village board addressed firearm sales following the swearing in of returning Mayor Rich Hofeld and four returning trustees: Barbara Dawkins, Anne Colton, Ray Robertson, and Jay Heiferman.

Village officials approved a plan that will require gun retailers to prepare a security plan for approval, to secure displays, to limit hours of operation, and to prohibit unaccompanied minors from the premises. The establishments will be limited to the Limited Manufacturing, or M-District, away from residential areas.

Hofeld said there had been no requests to open firearms establishments.

“This is a matter of locking the barn door before the horse gets out,” Hofeld said.

In other business, the trustees approved a new business and denied another.

Health Solutions, LLC, a learning fitness center for adults over age 40, owned and operated by Richard Lee, Jr., was approved for business at 18667 Dixie Highway. The site was formerly a fitness center for children.

Paula Wallrich, director of community development, said Lee will have a special use permit limiting his clientele to six people at a time. She said Lee plans no music as part of his fitness therapy and will limit his weekend hours to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Meanwhile LaSonya Burnett’s request to open a hair salon at 17540 Dixie Highway stalled.

Wallrich said the “increasing concern” of additional hair salons in the village continues, with the number at 31 salons in total, about half in the downtown area.

Although the Plan Commission approved the request by a vote of four to one, the village trustees did not agree.

Dawkins said she was “baffled” by the continuing requests from salon owners.

“There’s a reason hair salons are special use,” Dawkins said. “My biggest concern is with the economic diversity we want to promote in our community.”

Trustee Tom Kataras said he had some concern about denying any business owner who could pay their rent and utilities the ability to open a business in Homewood if they could pay rent and utilities. He said the larger question might be what the village was doing to help the landlord rent the space which has been vacant since 2008.

Wallrich said the village has been working with the landlord “for quite a while” to get the strip mall in better shape.

Hofeld said he agreed with the board’s decision.

“One of the most (frequent) comments I get from the citizenry is why do we have so many hair salons in town,” Hofeld said. “I think thirty-one is enough.”



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