SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ Salina City commissioners bar payday loan companies, tattoo parlors, pawn shops, and massage parlors from downtown -- where they all own property or run businesses.
The 3-2 vote Monday toughens the city planning commission's recent recommendation to require such businesses to go through a review process before setting up shop downtown.
Commissioner Abner Perney first posed the tougher approach and he received immediate support from Commissioner Alan Jilka, who moved to amend the proposed ordinance. Jilka said there's enough evidence to suggest that such businesses hurt downtown property values.
They were joined by Commissioner Luci Larson.
All five commissioners either own property or operate businesses in downtown Salina.