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Officials to revisit business requirements in Sharpsburg

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 9:04 p.m.

Sharpsburg might modernize its requirements for companies operating in the borough's business district.

Retired business owner Dominic Perrotte spoke to officials last week about his concerns.

He said he thinks at least two businesses don't have retail operations at their locations, something that is required for companies in that area.

He said the businesses don't sell the items at their location.

Council President Renee Procopio said the businesses are required to have a storefront.

Solicitor Michael Witherel said he would like to review the permits for the businesses in the area. He also said it was possible that it's time for the ordinance to be updated. He said many customers buy items over the Internet, and the retail industry is not how it used to be.

“Maybe this ordinance needs to be brought into the 21st century,” Witherel said.

Perrotte said he worries what will happen to the town if retail rules aren't enforced. He said when he recently rented a building he owns in town, the person wanted to have manufacturing in the back, but Perrotte told him he had to have a retail operation in the front.

“Imagine what the town is going to look like and feel like down the road,” Perrotte said.

Procopio said the issue would be discussed by council later this month.

“We'll look at it and get back to you,” she said.

Witherel said the issue was worthy of discussion because of the changing nature of business.

“That's the reality of business today,” Witherel said.

Perrotte said he wants to see the community flourish as it has in the past.

“I'd like to see the borough get back to doing business like they used to do,” he said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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