Earlier this week we announced our scheduled grand opening of McNabb Games House of Comics which went over with much more enthusiasm then we ever expected. The citizens of this town were so supportive in sharing the news.
Within 12 hours of our announcement we were informed by the city council president as well as the public works dept. supervisor, that there were multiple violations in this activity and if we followed through with the grand opening we would be charged and arrested on site.
The alleged violations they claimed we had committed where as follows;
1. Not obtaining a occupational license for retail sales.
2. Not filed sales tax paperwork with the Washington parish sheriff’s office.
3. Did not meet fire safety codes due to no handicap accessibility.
4. Not in an area zoned for business.
So it is now time to explain why these are alleged violations.
1. We had obtained a business license weeks prior to our announcement. Owner & Operator; John McNabb, went to Facebook and even posted an image of the completed and signed occupational retail license granted to us by the City of Bogalusa.
2. Prior to obtaining said occupational license we had to file our tax paperwork with the sheriff’s Dept. We have a copy of it as well but have not released it due to personal information such as SSI and EIN numbers on the form which are sensitive.
3.Its apparent that while the city officials did not attempt to look up any of the above paperwork they also did not look at the property in question as we had a handicap ramp installed and up to code at least a week prior to announcing anything related to a grand opening.
4. And that brings us to our last rebuttal; the area we are in has been rezoned so many times in the past 50 years no two people at city Hall could collaborate exactly what the official zone code of the location was, some said business, others said A1 residential, other said A2 transitional, all making this very unclear. What is clear is that there are three businesses open and operational within 200 yards of the building we are in, and to add to that, an operating and licensed tech repair shop was open and doing business not 6 years ago in the same exact building we are in. Nevertheless we appealed to the city and applied to rezone the property we are at and paid the necessary fees to insure the transition of the zone code of the property from ??? to B2 business code.
City officials informed us that the rezoning committee would not be meeting for another month and at that time they will make a preliminary decision, this decision, wether in support or opposition, will then be open to a public forum the following month, and then brought forth before the city council.
As we await a response from legal counsel on the next steps in this matter we do have these answers to give.
At this time our grand opening has been postponed.
How can you help?
I’m glad you asked. The biggest thing you can do is any of the following,
1. Call the public officials involved and voice your support and request them to support the young people of our community by approving the rezoning request and allowing us to open at our location. Names and contact information to follow.
Bogalusa City Public Works Dept. Supervisor James Hall 985-516-0740
Bogalusa City Council Presidential Sherry Fortenberry 985-516-6178
Bogalusa City Public Works 985-732-6211
2. Help fund our legal contest to open our shop by becoming a patron at one of our online locations. All products in our store are available online and the proceeds will go to help us appeal these restrictions.
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