Change in code
will allow massage therapy at YMCA
Landmark assistant editor
The Platte City board of aldermen made
several votes on Tuesday evening to protect the image
they wish the city to convey.
Under consideration by the aldermen was
a new ordinance to amend the Platte City code by adding
definitions of massage therapy and massage
The new ordinance will allow massage therapy
at any Platte City health facility, which
is now defined as any business where physical exercise,
health management, medicine or health-related services
This request came about because
of a person wanting to do massage therapy out at the YMCA,
explained city administrator Keith Moody. We had
earlier written in the city code to allow massage therapy
at physical therapy businesses and chiropractors
This request seems like a reasonable
co-existence. It just hasnt been addressed in the
The aldermen voted 6-0 to include the
new definitions of health facility in the
Further, they have added a clause that
defines massage therapy as a method of treating
the body for remedial, healing, therapeutic or hygienic
Massage therapists, according to the new
additions to the city code, must be licensed by the State
of Missouri Board of Therapeutic Massage.
After the Pledge of Allegiance, mayor
Dave Brooks convened, in rapid succession, two mandatory
public hearings to hear potential public comment about
four measures to be voted on during the meeting:
A conditional use permit, a revision to
the citys outdoor advertising sign regulation, the
massage therapy additions, and a revision to the Platte
City zoning code regarding cosmetic tattooing and body
piercing and also body tattooing.
Jessica A. Davis, a Platte City resident, filed an application
for conditional use on Sept. 9 of this year to enable
herself to perform cosmetic tattooing (permanent
make-up without the use of a tattoo machine)
at the Dejavu Salon and Day Spa, 624 Third St.
The aldermen approved Davis conditional
use permit for permanent make-up at the Dejavu Salon by
a 6-0 vote.
Alderman Aaron Jung asked Moody if Davis
would have to re-apply if she changed locations.
This is a site-specific permit,
so yes, she would have to re-apply, Moody said.
The aldermen also voted 6-0 to approve
an ordinance amending the city code to add new definitions
and code sections regarding tattoo parlors, cosmetic tattooing
and body piercing.
Some of the additions specify that cosmetic
tattooing and body piercing business cannot be operated
in conjunction with an adult bookstore, adult entertainment
facility, bathhouse, massage shop, nude modeling studio
or tattoo parlor.
Should the city allow tattoo parlors
as a stand-alone business? Moody asked the aldermen
After the meeting, Moody stopped short
of answering his own question with a definitive yes, but
he said previous boards of aldermen appeared to want to
restrict tattoo parlors.
Prior to his taking over the helm of city
manager 11 years ago, Moody said that a previous board
of alderman voted an Adult Entertainment Overlay District
onto the commercial section of the city.
The Adult Entertainment Overlay fell on
McDonalds and QuikTrip.
They seemed to have been doing this
with a purpose in mind. If you have adult entertainment
district, then someone cannot slip one in by claiming
you dont address the issue, Moody said.
The planning and zoning board want
cosmetic tattooing and body piercing addressed in the
adult entertainment overlay, Moody said.
The aldermen voted 6-0 to accept the proposed
amendments, which do not allow tattoo parlors as stand-alone
businesses or as conditional uses except within the adult
entertainment overlay. Same goes for body piercing.
Dave Brooks summed up the aldermens will regarding
the citys image and how it is conveyed by commercial
N to city code to allow a Platte City
resident to have a third cats), in exchange for not having
any cats. The man emphasized that his dogs are all Scottish
Terriers, small dogs, and are strictly indoor dogs. The
man and his family desire to adopt a third terrier.
I appreciate you going through the
procedures here and not just getting the third dog,
alderman Bill Knighton said.
Knighton emphasized that the board will
consider requests, like the mans asking to be allowed
a third dog, on a case-by-case basis.
In response to a change in state
law (raising the states water connection fee), the
aldermen approved an amendment to the city code to reflect
the updated rates. The tax is called the Missouri
Drinking Water Primacy Fee, and its stated purpose
is to ensure safe drinking water for people in Missouri.
The fee for residences will go up to $3,
for connections 2-inches or greater, the fee will range
from $7.44 to $82.44 per connection with a cap at $700
for multiple connection facilities.