By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
NOLANVILLE – The City Council took no action Thursday on two controversial issues in the city.
After more than an hour and half in an executive session with City Attorney Alan Bojorquez to discuss legal issues about Babe's of Nolanville and its owners – BIGE Inc., Harker Heights Club Inc. and Nolanville Entertainment Club Inc. – the council came out and took no action.
In January, several employees of Babe's who were suspected of prostitution were arrested on the charges during a Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission sting of the establishment.
In Feb. 21 meeting, the council changed the sexually-oriented business ordinance to require stricter rules for establishments.
Details about Thursday's executive session were unavailable. However, the council may have been considering a request from an attorney for Babe's to grandfather the club into the ordinance, exempting it from the new rules.
When the council adopted a 27-page document amending the ordinance at the Feb. 21 meeting, it decided not to exempt Babe's or any other clubs from the new rules.
Under the ordinance, the city's building official can revoke a sexually-oriented business' license if the person who filed for the license or an employee is convicted of, among other things, obscenity, prostitution and promoting prostitution, or has knowingly allowed sexual contact.
Another major change requires that all employees of an adult business must be 21 years of age.
On Thursday, the council also made no decision about removing three of the city's police officers.
Residents at previous meetings have spoken against the officers' removal.
Councilwoman Denise Hungerford spoke on behalf of keeping the officers Thursday.
"It seems that an excuse is added every time," Hungerford said.
She explained that other council members may now claim the rising price of gasoline will be a good reason to get rid of the three officers.
"It just doesn't make sense to remove the officers when the city is growing," Hungerford said. The police staffing issue has been on the council agenda for three sessions.
In other action, the council approved a plat for phase two of the future plans for the Bella Charca subdivision, which will include 62 more lots.
Contact Mason W. Canales at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7554.