City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
192468
Work Completed
Apr 12, 2012 7:00 PM

That the City Clerk and the City Solicitor draft appropriate language to create a local ordinance concerning the issuance of Fortune Teller licenses.

Information

Department:City CouncilSponsors:Ward Seven Alderman Robert C. Trane
Category:OrderPurposes:Order

Official Text

That the City Clerk and the City Solicitor draft appropriate language to create a local ordinance concerning the issuance of Fortune Teller licenses.

Meeting History

Jan 12, 2012 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED
Feb 7, 2012 6:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

Mr. Shapiro explained that under the city’s zoning ordinances, individuals seeking to act as fortune tellers must apply for a licenses in order to operate in the city. Fortune tellers cannot be banned from operation in the city, but they can be regulated, as is the case in some other communities, e.g., Everett, where a special permit is required. The committee suggested that when a new ordinance is proposed on this matter, it include a provision for a CORI check and zoning limits as to where such a business may be located according to the city’s Table of Uses. The committee requested that Mr. Shapiro examine the applicable ordinance(s) in Salem and report his findings back to the committee.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Mar 6, 2012 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

Mr. Shapiro discussed the state statute regarding fortune tellers as well as the ordinance used in Salem, MA, which includes a CORI check. After researching provisions for a criminal background check, public interest, exceptions, holidays and transferring of a license, Mr. Shapiro will draft an ordinance and present it to the committee. The committee would like the license to include an annual review. Chairman Gewirtz requested that the Law Department provide clarity as to whether members of the Board of Aldermen, who are not members of this committee, may be included in the deliberations of this item.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Apr 2, 2012 7:15 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

Mr. Shapiro provided a draft ordinance pertaining to the issuance of fortune teller licenses and noted that the proposed application process would require that a CORI check be performed. Mr. Shapiro will confer with the City Clerk to ascertain whether CORI checks are required for any other licenses issued by the city.

RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Apr 12, 2012 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED