The Woodstock City Council has revoked the business license of a massage business, citing code and alleged criminal violations.
The massage business has been operated by BaoBoa LLC. City staff told council members about multiple charges, including criminal ones, against the company following an investigation into practices taking place at the business. The violations leading to these charges included the performance of massage therapy without a valid state license, not keeping the business’s logbook current and unlawful touching, among other violations. The council was also informed a letter had been received from BaoBoa’s ownership, stating their intent to withdraw their appeal of the revocation. A motion was then put forth by Councilman Rob Usher to approve the revocation of the license, which was seconded by Councilman Brian Wolfe and approved in a unanimous vote.
In other business, Director of Community Development Brantley Day updated the council with the latest information on the city’s occupation tax and business license fee relief efforts since October. When giving the update in October, he said only two businesses had taken advantage of the city’s new small business license tax waiver. As a result, Day and other city staff worked harder to get the word about the program out to local businesses, which resulted in seven businesses qualifying for the relief effort.
“Of course we’re going to continue to work on that and to make sure that businesses are aware of the program as they license with us here in Woodstock and be able to take advantage of that. It’s a complete waiver of their first year of fees. Today, they’ve been able to save over $800 for this calendar year renewal,” he said.
Assistant City Manager Coty Thigpen added that, through the multitude of relief programs offered to local businesses, the businesses that have taken advantage of them have saved a total of approximately $95,000, including roughly $31,500 for those with alcohol licenses. Thigpen also said the next update, containing more accurate numbers as all the license renewals come in would likely be available for presentation in April.
The Woodstock City Council also handled the following items:
♦ The consent agenda, which included an alcohol license for Holbrook Life Management Woodstock, a review of the parks and recreation department’s program plan for its re-accreditation process, a review of the policies and procedures for the city’s senior center, setting the qualifying fees and dates for the 2021 municipal election cycle, a new data agreement with the city’s internet and data network provider, Comcast and an update to the council policy manual to include provisions for electronic documents and new records room procedures.
♦ During the announcements portion of the agenda, Wolfe reminded everyone that Mayor Donnie Henriques would be delivering the annual State of the City presentation at the Jan. 25 meeting and that the city council will take place on the weekend of Jan. 29-31.
♦ A motion to table the appointments made by Henriques, including Mayor Pro Tempore and council standing committees, was approved.
♦ The four winning participants in the 2020 city’s reverse Christmas parade were presented trophies for their winning floats.