FAIRFIELD — With a short agenda following the Labor Day holiday, the Fairfield City Council is set to hold its regular meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m., in the Council Chambers at 1000 Webster St.
Two of the council members – Mayor Harry Price and councilwoman Catherine Moy – are set to participate in the meeting by phone.
Under new business, the council is scheduled to consider an interim urgency zoning ordinance to prohibit the issuance of permits, licenses or approvals for new computer gaming and Internet access businesses.
According to staff reports, the proposed 45-day moratorium comes on the heels of continued trouble at at least one existing such business in the city.
“The provisions of the Fairfield Municipal Code that may regulate the development, establishment and operation of these computer gaming and Internet access businesses are inadequate because they fail to take into account the manner in which cyber cafes operate sweepstakes games and the secondary impacts thereby,” the staff report says.
City staff will use the 45 days to research cyber cafes and prepare regulations for a permanent ordinance.
Those regulations could include the an outright ban on cyber cafes that offer sweepstakes gaming.
State law requires that the city present a report no fewer than 10 days before the expiration of the interim ordinance.
The interim ordinance can then be renewed for an additional 10 months, 15 days and then another year for a total of two years.
During that time, staff from the community development department and the police department will analyze how other cities have dealt with the issue.
According to the staff report, the issue stems from repeated trouble at Talk N’ Win on North Texas Street.
“ ‘This establishment appears to attract clientele involved in criminal activity,’ ” the report quotes from police. “Several enforcement stops leaving the location have yielded drug-related arrests, evidence of drug trafficking, an influx of individuals on probation, parole or PRCS (AB109 realignment prisoners) and wanted subjects.’ ”
The report also quotes police saying prostitution has also been an issue in the area.
All of the reported activity has raised the ire of nearby businesses and prompted the city to take action, the report says.
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