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Bullskin resident seeks zoning permission for tattoo parlor in home

| Friday, March 1, 2013, 10:45 a.m.

The Fayette County Zoning Hearing Board took testimony this week on a request from a Bullskin Township resident to host a tattoo parlor in his home.

Steve Pritts is seeking a home occupation type 2 special exception at a residence along Breakneck Road owned by his grandmother, Emma Smith.

Pritts wants permission to reserve a space inside the residence for a tattoo business, Iron Ink Tattoo.

He told the board that tattoo artists do not have to be certified in Pennsylvania, but laws state there must be someone on the premises with training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Pritts, who has a nursing degree from Penn State University, said he is certified in CPR.

All equipment that touches a client as well as items used to clean up blood will be placed in a biohazard bag and then picked up by Highlands Hospital in Connellsville for disposal, Pritts said. He would see only one client per day and will be open to that one client from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., he said.

Two area neighbors brought concerns and objections to the board.

Attorney Richard Bower, representing Gilbert Means Jr., questioned Pritts about having the proper permits from PennDOT for the state road's right of way, a land development plan, handicapped parking and a buffer zone between the properties, all of which Pritts lacked.

Board solicitor Wendy O'Brien asked Pritts: If the request is granted, would he comply with the requirements? Pritts said he would do so.

Another issue neighbors raised: parking. Pritts said he has room for three parking spaces.

Both neighbors and Bullskin Township Supervisor Scott Keefer told the board that they have seen cars parked along the roadway whenever there's a gathering at the house.

The board will decide on the request in 45 days.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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