Midvale administrators can count the recent number of sexually oriented business license applications on one hand - without lifting a finger.
Not a single would-be entrepreneur has filed a request to open an exotic dance club or adult novelty shop since Midvale's January annexation that doubled the city's population.Still, city leaders are, well, on the offensive.
The City Council recently amended its sexually oriented business ordinance, requiring businesses to obtain the special license if any amount of adult-oriented products are being sold.
The former ordinance didn't demand a sexually oriented business license if 15 percent or less of a company's floor space was designated for such products.
The council also imposed a moratorium on accepting any sexually oriented business applications until October 3, 1998.
The city's recent annexation of the Union community prompted the action.
"Our (former) ordinance was fairly old, and we didn't have any of those kinds of businesses before the annexation," said Midvale city administrator Lee King.
King said two establishments inherited in the annexation - the Dream On Club and the Three-Alarm Saloon - were previously deemed sexually oriented businesses by Salt Lake County and would be grandfathered under the amended ordinance.
A business that once sold adult "novelties" across the street from Hillcrest High School no longer sells those products, King said.
Although the city has not received any applications for sexually oriented business licenses since the annexation, " we started to get inquiries," King said.
Before a business is granted a sexually oriented business license in Midvale, a public hearing is required and background checks are performed on applicants.