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New regs for tatoo parlors here

By Sherri Ellington There are no tattoo parlors in Lamar County. However, if one were to come to town, environmental health fees have already been set. Seth Woodrow, the environmental health specialist for Lamar, asked for the fees to be approved for all tattoo and body artwork businesses. They were set by the board of health and are comparable to surrounding counties. ’We had a tattoo parlor two or three years ago but it didn’t stay open very long,’ said Woodrow. ‘We inspect them just like we do restaurants and swimming pools. The state started suggesting counties adopt rules. Most smaller counties didn’t.’ Now Georgia has mandated the inspections but allows counties to set their own health rules on cleanliness, sterilization and other issues. ’We went a little more in depth with it,’ he said. Any new businesses will pay fees beginning with a body art studio plan review ($100), plan re-submittal ($50), studio yearly permit ($200), artist yearly permit ($100), a seven-day temporary artist permit ($50) and re-inspection ($100). Operating without permits for both studio and artists will result in all fees being doubled. Late fees rise from 10% to 20% to 30% for 30, 60 and 90 days. The county also: ’¢ Approved a $16,197.86 tax refund to Vickie Stewart. The overpayment was made under protest after her Conservation Use Valuation Act contract was improperly breached. She paid a total of $21,909.06 and should have paid $5,711.20. ’¢ Heard Tonya Harden, Shirley White and Michelle Moran speak out against an unlicensed horse racing track owned by Brutz English.

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