A request to extend the boundaries of a liquor license triggered heated discussion at the Clintonville City Council Tuesday, June 11.
In a June 6 letter, Post 63 Commander Jim Young asked the council to extend the American Legion’s premise license to include W.A. Olen Park for the day of ArtyFest.
ArtyFest is scheduled to take place from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the park.
Ald. Jeannie Schley said she received two calls questioning the legality of the liquor license and premise extension.
“It doesn’t sound like this is legal,” said Schley, referring to a recent article in the Clintonville Chronicle. “I didn’t read the article, I was just going on the information that the man I talked to had given me regarding the article.”
De-facto City Attorney Tim Schmid said the council must act on any licenses or premise extensions that are requested.
The council is responsible for deciding whether to grant or deny the Legion’s request, he said.
The article contained several anonymous quotes from alleged sources at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and the Clintonville American Legion.
“We were misquoted,” said Laurel Patrick, communications director for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. “I did speak with Tricia and gave her only general information regarding liquor licenses. No official from the Department of Revenue was quoted. The information that appeared in the article did not come from the Department of Revenue. I did not give any of the information that was attributed to the Department of Revenue.”
“The original license doesn’t extend into Olen Park, so the Legion is asking for it to be extended into Olen Park. Everything is being done above the board,” commented City Administrator Lisa Kuss.
The council voted unanimously to approve the Legion’s extension of premise area request.
The council also approved annual Class A and B beer and liquor, cigarette, amusement device, taxi, mobile home, and junk dealer licenses.
A temporary Class B beer license for the Clintonville Youth Baseball League on July 8, July 11-14, and July 18-21 was also approved unanimously.
Main Street Project Update
Kuss reported that monthly phone meetings with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation have been taking place over the last several months.
“Our biggest tasks right now are to complete the water, sewer, and storm water project engineering work,” said Kuss. “There will also be some small amounts of right-of-way purchases and easement work that needs to be taken care of. The city will be reimbursed for the cost of bringing in a real estate negotiator. We have sent requests for proposals to eight negotiators; they have two weeks to get back to us with a quote.”
Kuss also said that about 100 property owners on N. Main Street received letters last week regarding sump pumps, roof drains, and floor drains.
“We need to make sure we know where the water from each of these types of drains is going so that everything can be connected correctly when we do the water, sewer, and wastewater project,” said Kuss. “This may involve dye testing to determine where the water from a given drain is going.”
The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at City Hall. The council will hold a retreat immediately following the regular meeting.