JC Council OKs after-hours ordinance

An ordinance allowing the city to revoke business licenses of after-hours clubs has been approved, but not without some protest by a local business.

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At the City Council meeting Monday, council members approved an ordinance that enables the city to revoke a business license if the business operates between the hours of 1:30-4 a.m. and fails to comply with certain fire code requirements and what the city considers to be added safety requirements.

Attorney Samuel Trapp, representing local after-hours business Club Motivation, said he was concerned this ordinance was specifically targeting Club Motivation and owner Thomas Johnson.

“I’m even more concerned that I believe this targets him because of his race,” Trapp said.


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