What does Ferndale’s City Council do when they approve permits that break the rules or regulations that they created? They just vote to change them; they don’t have to bother with bending them. Don’t we all wish that we could do that? I can think of more than a few rules and regulations that I would like to change, but I am just a hard-working tax-payer with little or no power to change anything.
On April 28, 2010, Signature Tattoo submitted a Zoning Determination Request for 230 West Nine Mile Road, and on July 27, 2010, Avatar Studios submitted the same request for 309 West Nine Mile Road. Since the Central Business District does allow body decorating salons, both requests were approved. The problem with that is it is a violation of a city ordinance which states that no body decorating salon shall be permitted within a 1,000 foot radius of another salon. I am sure when Council members created this ordinance, they had valid reasons, but to some it would seem just one more example of how government just sits around and creates rules and regulations that we have to follow. Apparently, they don’t have to follow these rules; they can just vote to change them and call it an amendment.
Although body decorating and tattoos have become much more widely accepted, the salons still have a seedy and scary reputation. Do you think the Ferndale City Council members asked one single resident or business owner how they felt about the amendment to allow two body decorating salons to be right down the street from each other? These body decorating salons will help generate money for the city because they will have to pay for taxes and permits, but what kind of message will this send to residents and business owners? Hey, maybe they should create an ordinance that requires them to learn their ordinances.