Rossford prepares for internet cafés

ROSSFORD, OH (Toledo News Now) - The Rossford City Council met on Monday night to set up new regulations for internet cafés within the city.

Council members say they were approached by people who wanted to start some a few months ago. That is when the city government realized it did not have any rules in place to regulate those types of businesses.

Last night, the city took the first step in setting up a licensing procedure.

Council members say the new ordinance will allow them to check the background of anyone who wants to start an internet café. They'll also be able to track and regulate the number of terminals in the city.

The city says the next step involves zoning. Council will decide where internet cafés can be built, and where they're prohibited. The city says these steps are necessary to make sure everything is operating legally.

"The purpose of the regulation is to set guidelines for the operation.  We're not prohibiting them within the city, but the city is setting a licensing procedure just to ensure they're conducted and regulated," said Rossford City Administrator Ed Ciecka.

Rossford also plans to take a closer look at taxing regulations for internet cafés.

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