On Jan. 30, an online petition was started on change.org by David Epp. He claims council's decision was based on their own personal thoughts and morals instead of the law. Epp argues that opening a strip club is legal and that the owners have followed city regulations.
Mayor Michael Fougere disagrees.
"While the planning commission said yes and it does meet those requirements, the obligation of city council is to look at the wider impact on the community. We did what we could and I stand by the decision, it's the right decision to do."
Fougere says a big concern was the safety of the women and men that would work at the strip club.
"This kind of operation tends to attract some unsavory activity, human trafficking, drug abuse, those kinds of issues."
Fougere says council is paying attention to the growing petition, which had the support of over 1,900 people by Sunday afternoon.
"I'm not sure we'll revisit it, we haven't thought about that yet but another application for this in the future may have a different result."