Monongalia County Commissioner Asel Kennedy took part in his last commission meeting Wednesday morning, before he retires, and it was an eventful one as commission held a public hearing on an amendment to its exotic entertainment ordinance.
In 2010 the county passed an ordinance restricting exotic entertainment from taking place within 2000 feet of a church, park, school, or residential neighborhood.
Commission President Bill Bartolo said that restriction is unenforceable.
The commission held a public hearing on its plans to change the restriction from 2000 feet to 600 feet.
It voted unanimously to revisit the amendment and look at more appropriate distances like 1000 feet or more.
More than a dozen people spoke out against the change, arguing ethics and morality.
The public in attendance was happy with the commission's response.
"I congratulate the commission for their objectivity and to listen to everything that was presented," said Harlan Amandus a county resident. "They have a difficult decision to make, and they're good men, and I hope they come back with a decision that will help our county."
"Today what you saw is what government is intended to be. The people came here with concerns, they came with their position on the distance for exotic entertainment, they expressed it very well, they expressed it very clearly," said Bartolo.