A Rapid City strip club owner is proposing a compromise to a city ordinance that he says is killing his business.
Aaron Johnson, owner of Shotgun Willies, wants the city to consider allowing a camera to monitor the activity behind a stall door. The private dance stall is the focus of a city ordinance that is scheduled for a second reading on Monday night. It prohibits adult oriented businesses from allowing customers in private rooms.
Johnson has said that business has drastically dimished since a public hearing in February when the city imposed a three-day suspension of the club's adult cabaret license. He said this ordinance is another "pot shot" at the city's only strip club.
Councilman Steve Laurenti expressed concern that undercover officers may have a hard time viewing a video monitor without being detected.
City Attorney, Joel Landeen said it is an option the city can consider.
"As I told Mr. Johnson and I've told the council, I don't think he should be held to a stricter standard but I don't think he should be held to a more lenient standard either. So, if that's something they allow for adult cabaret, that is something that probably should be considered for all adult oriented businesses," said Landeen.
If the council is supportive of the camera idea, Landeen said they will have to direct him to write the exception in the ordinance.