LAKEWOOD - A moratorium and a citation apparently cannot stop love.
Endless Love, the adult novelty store business, is open despite a Lakewood Village Board moratorium as well as a citation from the village's code enforcement officer and building inspector for operating.
Jill Laemmerhirt of Jamestown said the business is open, but couldn't go into details about the business.
The sign above the adult novelty store, Endless Love, that is along East Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood, is pictured.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
"We're in negotiations between my attorney and the village's attorney. That is all I can say at this time," Laemmerhirt said.
Charles Smith, village code enforcement and building inspector, said the village and Laemmerhirt have been in court to discuss the business being opened.
"Two weeks ago we went to court and the judge referred it back to the attorneys for each party," he said.
Smith said the court process is in the hands of the village's attorney, Edward Wright. Wright didn't return calls from The Post-Journal for comment on the case.
Smith said he issued a citation against Laemmerhirt for setting up the business last month.
"She put up a sign next to the NAPA building. She was installing shelves and was stocking items when I issued her a stop work and an appearance ticket for court," he said.
In April, Laemmerhirt proposed opening a sex-related business in the American Mattress Plaza, 305 E. Fairmount Ave. The village's Planning Board approved the proposal, but the owner of the plaza then decided not to lease retail space to Laemmerhirt for the business.
In May, the Lakewood Village Board then established a moratorium on issuing special-use permits to adult novelty businesses because they are not established in the village's zoning laws. The moratorium is supposed to last for about six months while village officials address sex-related businesses in its zoning.