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Published April 04, 2012, 05:33 PM

GF Sex Shop Ordinance Had No Committee Discussion

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The Grand Forks City Council moved fast when drafting an ordinance that could keep the sexually-oriented business, Fantasy's, from opening.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The Grand Forks City Council moved fast when drafting an ordinance that could keep the sexually-oriented business, Fantasy's, from opening.

That was one reason why council member Curt Kreun made the motion to move the issue back to committee for further discussion.A

Items such as ordinance drafts, project bids and reports that are sent to city council members are almost always posted online on the city's website with the weekly meetings list.

With each item, there is a staff report and a recommendation for council or committee action. But with this ordinance for sexually-oriented businesses, that order wasn't followed.

The proposed Fantasy's store was briefly brought up by council member Eliot Glassheim at a March 12 Finance Development meeting.

By Friday, March 16, City Attorney Howard Swanson had drafted an ordinance and emailed it to council members. The first reading of that ordinance was at the next City Council meeting, just a few days later on March 19.

The ordinance draft wasn't posted online and Fantasy's store owner Jim Patterson and his attorney say they had no idea an ordinance would be discussed at that meeting.

"Try to leave the emotions out of this. If we're going to draft an ordinance, we need to have all the correct information and take our time like we have in the past, so that we can draft a good ordinance if an ordinance is needed," Grand Forks City Council Member Curt Kreun said.

Kreun said he went to the Fantasy's store in Fargo, talked to the daycare provider nearby and got reports from the Fargo police department. He says he plans to bring all that information to the city's next meeting.

Fantasy's owners have not yet been issued a building permit to start remodeling the space.

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