STRASBURG – The town will soon have a tattoo parlor on King Street.
The Town Council on Tuesday night approved a request by Keven “Butch” Johnson to modify the town’s Unified Development Ordinance to allow for tattoo parlors to operate in the historic downtown as a permitted by-right use.
“We did it. Excellent,” Johnson said after the vote.
"I am really looking forward to being in the arts community of Strasburg and adding a new and diverse business to the downtown community."
He said he is hoping to have the new shop, “Champion Tattoo Company,” open at 117 E. King St. by the end of March.
Johnson has been tattooing for 23 years and operates Champion Tattoo Company in Woodstock.
He has clients from various areas of Virginia, Baltimore and Philidelphia, so Strasburg is a good central location as well as being closer to Dulles Airport for clients who fly in.
"Having shops in Strasburg and Woodstock will offer greater access to my clients from the local area as well as those traveling from out of state. When a client drives for two hours to be tattooed it, helps if I can cut 30 minutes off their journey," Johnson said.
Councilwoman Kim Bishop voted against the ordinance, stressing her vote was not because she is against the business but because she felt the amendment should allow the business under a special use permit and not by the by-right use.
“Welcome to the town,” Bishop said to Johnson.
Council also approved a write-off of $20,153 in annual utility and tax bills. That is $4,780.65 more than last year.
The oldest bill the town is writing off is for $51.70 - it is a real estate tax bill from 1999.
At Tuesday night's meeting, several members of Girl Scouts Troop 40298 and one Brownie were in attendance. They took a tour of Town Hall and learned about town government.
Members of Boy Scouts Troop 5 were at the meeting to earn their citizenship badge. Cole Hollar, 14, had another reason to be there. He is working on earning his Eagle Scout rank. His project is to install roofs on the Little League dugouts at the Strasburg Town Park, and approval for improvements must be obtained from the Town Council.
Cole gave his proposal.
“I have played baseball on those fields, and I know how hot it gets,” he said, adding that shading of the dugouts is needed.
Mayor Rich Orndorff and several members of council thanked Cole for making those improvements.
“I want to thank you on behalf of the town and the community,” Orndorff said.
Strasburg Police Chief Wayne Sager told council members that he will be attending a 10-week training course at the FBI Academy in Quantico.
He will be gone April and May, returning June 7, Sager said.
Capt. Jason Ford will be handling day to day operations while Sager is away.