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Council splits vote on body art and tattoo ordinance

The Wadena City Council voted 3-2 to revise its body art and tattoo ordinance to comply with new state regulations, exercise local control and continue to charge the municipal licensing fee.

City attorney Jeff Pederson said the public health aspect is regulated by the state, but the modified municipal ordinance would give the city the ability to prosecute criminal violations.

The ordinance charges a $30 processing fee for the separate municipal license. Previous council meetings had discussed the state already charging about $1,000 for a license and its effect on the local licensed body art business, Tattoos By Frank.

Mayor Wayne Wolden, council member Kay Browne and council member Don Niles voted to modify the ordinance and retain the fee, with council members Jeanette Baymler and Toby Pierce voting nay.

A previous motion by Pierce to adopt the modified ordinance and cancel the $30 fee was supported by Baymler, with Browne, Niles and Wolden voting nay.

Niles said the city should not subsidize fees, and Browne said the city was in tough budget times.

"Small businesses, they don't need any more fees," Pierce said.