A barber and his son are in the middle of a legal battle over whether a barber’s shop in the northwest suburb of Austin should be allowed to expand.
The Austin City Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday to allow a new barbershop to open in a strip mall along the edge of town.
The city also voted to add a fourth barber to the city’s barbers’ roster, and to expand the number of certified licensed barbers on the Austin Police Department’s list of licensed barber shops.
Councilman Kevin Allen, the bill’s sponsor, said the city has a history of allowing new bars in Austin.
Allen said the barbers shop in question will be operated by a new company that is licensed by the city to sell hair services, a position the city says it has been unable to get from the Austin city attorney.
“This is a company that we have been trying to get for years to get,” Allen said.
“They have been very responsive.
We’re not getting any answers from them at all.
The barber will have a full-time employee that will work for the owner and his family.”
Allen said he wants to have the barber working at his home for at least two weeks a month and that he will ask the city attorney to issue a final order granting the application.
“We need to have a process that is very clear, and this is exactly the process that the city needs,” he said.
The city is appealing the bar’s application, and Allen said he believes the bar is a violation of the city code.
“I think that this is a blatant violation of Austin’s barber code,” he told the council.
“The barber is not an employee of the shop.
It’s not even a licensed bar.
It has no license to operate a business in Austin.”
Austin police spokeswoman Jennifer Arguello told ABC News the department has been working to find a solution to the barbing dispute.
Arguella said the department was aware of the dispute but had not received a complaint from the bar.
“At this point, we are still working with the bar,” she said.
Arguello said the new bar would be owned and operated by an entity that has been certified by the state to operate as a barbers-shops.
She said the state requires barbers to be certified to sell haircuts.
The new bar will have no location in Austin’s downtown core, and the city is expected to appeal the bar, Arguello said.
Allen, who represents the city, said Austin’s city attorney told him earlier this month that he had reached an agreement with the owner of the bar that would allow the bar to operate, but he was told the owner would not sign the agreement until the city made its decision.
“It was frustrating, but I’m not going to allow them to operate without an agreement,” Allen told the Austin American-Statesman.
“So we’re just going to have to go forward and figure it out.
We don’t have the money to be sued, and we don’t want to be.”
The barbers are appealing the city council’s vote to allow the establishment of the new establishment, saying the city should have a hearing before allowing the bar as an alternative to the existing barbershops.
“I have a real issue with this whole process,” Allen wrote in an email.
“If the city wants to allow an existing barber business to operate and provide services, then it should allow an established barber establishment to operate in Austin as well.”