The flea market ordinance amendments attracted a crowd to both the city's work session and regular meeting. Immediately following the council's approval of the ordinance, opposition to the matter abruptly exited city hall.
Flea market vendors and operators were concerned over measures taken by the city to keep in line with state regulations. Citing reasons of aesthetics, public safety and law enforcement control, the city council approved the amended ordinance which spells out permitting provisions, building maintenance guidelines and record-keeping regulations for both vendors and operators.
The items creating the greatest ire at Tuesday's work session were those mandating each vendor within the flea market to purchase an annual city business license and keep a detailed record of items purchased for resale. These amendments will bring Adairsville up to speed with current state regulations, said City Manager Pat Crook.
Literature provided at Tuesday's work session inaccurately portrayed an aspect of the ordinance regarding record keeping. A customer's name purchasing from the flea market is not to be recorded as was earlier reported.
Record keeping will consist of item descriptions, serial numbers and detailed information of who the item was purchased from by the vendor. These records are to be available at any reasonable time for the inspection of law enforcement to dissuade and eliminate the fencing of stolen property.
Added to Thursday's final draft of the ordinance amendment was a grandfather clause exempting all existing flea markets from the building permit requirements, which now include specific distances from selected properties, such as schools, parks, libraries, playgrounds or churches.
Also approved Thursday was a similar ordinance amendment for pawn shops mandating stringent record keeping and certain aesthetic qualities.
A first reading was had on an ordinance amendment for bed and breakfasts making regulations more conducive for that sector of the hospitality industry.
The council also approved motions allowing for Williamson and Company to complete the 2012 audit and for Jacobs Engineering to be used for short-term or as-needed services related to water treatment operations.
The Adairsville City Council will meet again Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at city hall.