ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - Strip clubs, adult arcades, any adult businesses one can think of may soon be able to set up shop in Roswell.
The Roswell City Council plans a special hearing this week to consider an ordinance allowing sexually oriented businesses in the city.
Right now adult-oriented businesses are illegal in Roswell.
"I don't like it for the fact that Roswell is not that kind of town," said Roswell resident Kimberley Siemann.
Siemann, 28, has lived in Roswell her entire life.
She said her hometown has a set of values that doesn't align with adult businesses.
"I don't like it because Roswell is built on Christian values, and as a mother of a 4-year-old daughter I don't want her growing up thinking that's what expected of her," Siemann said.
City Planning Director Michael Vickers said the ordinance isn't to attract adult businesses; it's to regulate them if they decide to come to Roswell.
"Those who stand against it will benefit as well because it would outline and identify the requirements that they would have to fall under to be able to do it," Vickers said.
Those requirements include a long list of rules.
One would make it impossible for these businesses to be located in the Roswell commercial district.
According to Vickers the ordinance would make it so sexually oriented businesses could only go up on industrial land.
That means they must be at least 750 feet away from any public building including schools, churches and parks.
This leaves only two sites in Roswell available: Petro Park and the Roswell International Air Center.
"It does not prevent them, but it's pretty rigorous as to what they have to comply with," Vickers said.
Even with the rules, Siemann said she's worried about the people these businesses might attract.
"If there's places where they can get the books, they can get the movies and go see women do that, it's just going to make them look at children more," she said.
A few city council members told KRQE News 13 they don't mind the idea of allowing these adult businesses come into Roswell as long as there are some regulations.
No one has said if any one has expressed interest in opening an adult-oriented business in Roswell.
The city council meeting is set for Friday at 5:30 p.m. and includes public comment.
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