Failure to pay sales tax and interest in October, November and December resulted in revocation of the sales tax license held by Pee Wee's Animal House. The business briefly occupied a building on Main Street and is now located at 25 Stafford Lane.
The business is also in arrears on utility payments, finance director Tod DeZeeuw reported at the March 6 meeting of the Delta City Council.
Council members voted unanimously to revoke the sales tax license following a public hearing. The owners of the business did not attend the public hearing, despite what city staff described as repeated attempts to make them aware of the pending revocation.
DeZeeuw said the city has a number of alternatives, including closing down the business, but there are live animals on the premises. "We wouldn't want to affect the welfare of the animals," he said. Council agreed.
DeZeeuw said he will consult with the city attorney before taking any action against the business.
City council also considered a beer and wine liquor license application from Ernest and Cecelia Tafoya, owners of Delta Family Fun Park. The license covers the entire area inside the chain link fence that surrounds the batting cages and miniature golf course.
Council member Gerald Roberts expressed concern about the possibility of underage drinking. During a public hearing, several citizens spoke in favor of the application, saying the set-up won't be that much different from Deltarado Days and other events where a beer/wine garden is located in close proximity to kids' activities.
They also supported the Tafoyas' efforts to draw people downtown with family-friendly activities.
"This is a great opportunity for them to grow their business and bring more people downtown," Jay Stooksberry said.
After hearing from four citizens and reviewing a petition with 12 signatures, all in support of the Tafoyas, council unanimously approved the liquor license.
"We've never had this kind of support for anything," council member Christopher Ryan said following the vote.
Council also approved ordinances amending zoning for mobile home sales and for greenhouses. Currently, greenhouses are allowed only in A-1 (rural/agricultural) zones as a conditional use. On second reading, the ordinance will allow greenhouses in A-1, B-2, B-3 and I (commercial/industrial) as a right.
Community development director Glen Black said his office has received four inquiries, one from an individual who wanted to grow tomatoes and peppers, and another from a hemp grower. Black said the issue of greenhouses also came up in connection with planning commission discussions about zoning for marijuana.
That prompted council member Christopher Ryan to emphasize the zoning change is not being made for marijuana, which can not be grown commercially anywhere in Delta County.
Two of the four marijuana questions on the November ballot were narrowly approved by voters in the City of Delta. Measure 2F allows the establishment of medical marijuana centers. Measure 2H permits the establishment of medical marijuana cultivation, testing, research and manufacturing facilities.