Chesterfield County Council is checking into whether or not a request to allow the opening of a tattoo parlor in Chesterfield is within their authority. Gary Moore, a local resident, told council earlier this month he hopes to open a tattoo parlor at 609 East Boulevard to both improve the business community on that end of town and offer quality tattoos in a safe, regulated manner.
“It is my understanding from Chesterfield Town Council Administrator David Huntley there is currently no ordinance in town to prohibit the business,” said Moore.
Moore, who returned to Chesterfield County four years ago and started a construction business, said this area is missing out on a lot of legitimate business. “There are tattoo parlors in nearly every direction from here, but some of them are 60 miles away,” Moore said. “We could have people traveling here, to buy gas and other things, to get their tattoos.”
Moore also told council, the absence of a legal tattoo parlor, one that would comply with regulations set forth by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), only perpetuates the problems citizens may encounter by getting tattoos in an non-sterile atmosphere.
“My own cousin has gotten a disease he’ll never be rid of from getting a tattoo in the wrong type of environment,” said Moore. Moore hopes to eliminate that fear in this area by offering a legitimate business, he said.
Chesterfield County Council Chairman Matt Rivers asked County Council Administrator Denise Douglass and Attorney Heath Ruffner to check on the line of authority regarding permission to open the business, as it does lie within the town limits of Chesterfield, and report back to council next month.
“I would like to have, or say we need, formal feedback from Chesterfield Town Council on this,” said Chesterfield County Councilman Curtis Douglas.
“We’ll need more time to look into it,” Rivers told Moore. “This doesn’t mean we’re for it. It doesn’t mean we are necessarily against it.”
In other business, Council unanimously approved a request from the Chesterfield County Council on Aging for a letter of support. According to Douglass, the Council on Aging is “looking at purchasing property on Zoar Road to serve as their main office and the Senior Center for Chesterfield County.” The letter, she said, “will signify support for the project and the fact that the project will have no adverse impact on any similar facilities.”
“I just want to say those folks at the Council on Aging have done an excellent job,” said Douglas. “Their facility burned to ground some months ago and they missed just one, half-day, of work. We appreciate what they do.”
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, extension 224, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.