By Sonya Campbell

Harker Heights Herald

BELTON - The Belton City Council conducted a public hearing Tuesday and then approved an ordinance amending Specific Use Permit 58 to allow a personal service shop to be added as an allowable use at 710 S. Interstate 35.

The business, Aesthetic Skin Salon, operates under a tattoo license but primarily provides permanent cosmetics, scar restoration, laser tattoo removal, cellulite removal, teeth whitening and some tattooing. The staff includes a medical doctor, aesthetician, nutritionist, licensed laser removal technicians and tattoo artists.

The modified ordinance stipulates the use of the property must conform to Resolution 96-11 in all respects regarding a tattoo parlor and all applicable design standards identified in the city's zoning ordinance.

Also, the business must have a minimum of five services to be offered, which includes at least three provided by certified professionals.

Signage restrictions also apply.

The property owner agreed to submit a request to void the SUP for a personal service shop if the business, owned by Cassandra Locklear, ceases to operate.

In other action, the council:

Approved the three-year extension of the city's curfew for youth, age 17 and younger. "It works," Police Chief Gene Ellis told the council. During the past three years, police have issued one citation and six warnings.

Authorized the extension of a lease agreement between the city and Melco Manufacturing Company for property located on Taylor's Valley Road.

Proclaimed April as "Fair Housing Month."

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