Business owner Carrie Hubbard said she has no problem with the amusement/game room owners, but other problems from the clientèle are getting worse.
She said parking, trash, and the type of people coming to Woodsboro to go the gaming rooms are forcing her not to let her children walk home from school.
“I get cussed out. These are not people from Woodsboro. These are the people who played the games,” she said.
“There are cigarettes everywhere. I clean it up every day,” she added. “The people are rude and nasty.”
Hubbard said she’d like to see a limit on the number of that type of business and the times of business regulated if possible.
Other residents at the meeting agreed with Hubbard.
After a unanimous vote to amend the ordinance to cap the number of game rooms and see if regulating the hours is possible, Mayor George Hernandez said he would consult with the city’s attorney and get the ball rolling on the amendment for a upcoming special meeting to be announced.
The city council also approved proposed water and sewer rate increases.
The last water rate increase was in 2009.
Hernandez said the city has to run like a business, and the water and sewer systems need to pay for themselves.
The vote to raise rates was unanimous.
Residential water rates increase from $15 to $16 for the first 2,000 gallons. Each 100 gallons after that increased from 35 cents to 40 cents.
Commercial water rates increased from $15 to $17. And for each 100 gallons after that the rate increased from 40 cents to 45 cents.
Residential sewer rates increased from $17 to $18.
The sewer flat rate outside the city limits increased from $36.80 to $42.80.
Commercial sewer rates increased from $19 to $21.
The council also acknowledged the demolition of a house at 801 Celia St. as recommended by Code Inspector Mike Henry.