Six Storm Lake ministers have petitioned the Storm Lake City Council to stop the opening of strip dancing bars in the city, following the opening of the gentlemen's club Hot Shots recently.
The ministers, all members of the Storm Lake Area Ministerial Association, say they are concerned both over the moral impact of such business on the community, but also about the "degrading effects" of such establishments on women.
The city council, which did not have the issue on its agenda, took no action. Members mentioned the possibility of having city staff investigate whether other communities have formed successful local ordinances to control strip clubs.
On the opening of Hot Shots, the ministers wrote that they feel the business will have "detrimental effects upon our community image and moral standards."
They added that they are concerned with its proximity to the high school, a grade school, community college campus and family restaurants.
"We are also concerned about the degrading effects such establishments have upon the women involved and their patrons," they wrote.
The ministers hope council action can "control or curtail" the opening of such businesses in the city.
Signing were pastors Jim Hofman, Hope Evangelical Church; Jack Barber, Church of Christ; Jamie Cutler, United Methodist Church; Darrell Schmid, Faith United Assembly of God; Mark Youngquist, St. Mark's Lutheran; Loren Carlson, Faith Bible Christian Outreach Center.