KMart again approved for beer license

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This past Monday night, the Kenosha Common Council met for almost three hours.  One of the agenda items had to do with the approval of the renewal application of KMart Corporation, 4100 – 52nd Street, Maureen Madory, Agent, for a Class “A” retail beer license, subject to 40 demerit points.  The roll call vote was 15 to 2, with Alderpersons Anthony Kennedy (the alderperson of the district) and Jesse Downing voting against.

Kennedy made his sentiments known.  He stated that he felt that KMart shouldn’t have a liquor license at all, but he then made the motion that they be approved with the 40 demerit points attached.  He stated further, “I feel that Maureen Madory is the best qualified agent.  But promises were not kept.  There was an incident of selling to a minor.  I was told that the liquor would be kept in a different location, I was told that it would be under lock; it was not.  The controls that were promised were not put in place.  I believe Madory is the right person for the job.”

Alderperson Jesse Downing, chairman of the Licensing & Permit Committee, apologized for the mix-up.  The previous agent for the license “didn’t do what he said he would do.  So, by changing agents, we felt that they shouldn’t lose the demerit points they had accumulated.  We are recommending keeping them at the 40 points.  And, we explained it to her that way at committee.”

Alderperson Steve Bostrom stated that he was going to support the license, but “with all the shenanigans, I’m inclined to vote no.  They did not live up to their commitment.  I’m supporting Kennedy in voting no.”

Alderperson Daniel Prozanski took a different tack. He said, “With the alcohol business, this could make another big box store empty.  I would think long and hard about that.  Do we really need another empty store?”

Alderperson Patrick Juliana reiterated that Madory is a fine person.  “The agent addressed the issues.  I’m not inclined to vote against.  To send back to committee is not productive.  In fact, it would be counterproductive.  I’m voting to approve it.”

Alderperson G. John Ruffolo wanted to know what the 40 points were for.  Deputy assistant attorney Matt Knight replied that the citation was for sale to an underage person.  “And,” he said, “because the committee felt that there was an attempt to elude, an additional 20 demerit points was issued.”

Kennedy made some additional comments.  “I’ve been trying to keep KMart from having a liquor license.  It’s been a losing battle.  They had an underage sale and no bartender at the location when the sale happened.  We had some miscommunication with the manager at the time.  They immediately took the alcohol off the floor.  They were the heroes in this situation.  I approve the transfer to Madory.  If she had been in charge, promises would have been kept.  I’m not asking that my fellow alderpersons vote against this.  I just don’t support the sale of alcohol at KMart.  By the way, only 0.2% of their total sales relate to alcohol.”

The vote was 15 to 2 to grant the renewal beer license.

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A class from the Kenosha Literacy Council was present at tonight’s meeting to learn about government.

Listed below are other agenda items which were acted upon:

  • The approval of 168 operator’s (bartenders) licenses, and ten special Class “B” beer and/or Special “Class B” wine licenses.
  • A special exception request for maximum sign area relief to install a 240 square-foot sign and sign cabinet on an existing sign structure located at 12304 – 75th Street (Brat Stop), was approved.  Alderperson David Bogdala pointed out that the owner is not current on his property taxes on one of his pieces of property.  Between last year and this year, the amount totals over $20,000.  Alderpersons Rocco LaMacchia and Scott Gordon made statements as to the Brat Stop being the “Gateway to Kenosha from Highway 50” and urged approval.
  • Four new operator’s (bartenders) licenses were approved, all with demerit points attached.  Fifteen renewal operator’s (bartenders) licenses were also approved, most with demerit points attached.  A discussion of the social hosting ordinance needing to have higher demerit points attached to it also took place.  The Licensing & Permit Committee will be addressing this within the next 30 to 60 days.  The Council recognized that there is a difference between social hosting and selling liquor to a minor.
  • Two new taxi driver’s licenses were approved, subject to demerit points.  Also, one was denied based on material police record.  Another was sent back to the Licensing & Permit Committee for further review.
  • The renewal application for a taxi driver’s license, subject to non-renewal revocation, was approved.
  • The renewal application of the Journey Cab Company, 8867 Sheridan Road, was approved.
  • The renewal application of Speedway, located at 3012 Washington Road, for a Class “A” retail beer license, along with a transfer of agent status to Alexander David Wiersum, subject to 20 demerit points, was also approved.
  • The following renewal applications, with no adverse recommendations, per list on file in the Office of the City Clerk, were approved:  seven Class “A” retail beer/”Class A” retail liquor, five Class “A” retail beer, two Class “B” beer, three Class “B” beer/”Class C” wine, and 92 Class “B” beer/”Class B” liquor combinations.

The following establishments were approved for renewal applications for Class “A” retail beer licenses.  (If any demerit points were attached to their approvals, they are listed in parenthesis.)

  • American Petro, 1405 – 60th Street (0)
  • Tom’s BP, 2528 – 75th Street (20)
  • Mian’s Petroleum, 5006 – 60th Street (20)
  • 60th Street Citgo, 4924 – 60th Street (20)
  • Uptown Pantry, 6119 – 22nd Avenue (40)
  • Southport Mobil, 7318 – 75th Street (40)
  • Super Mercado Los Corrales, 3933 – 52nd Street (40)
  • Mac’s Deli, 2302 – 52nd Street (40)
  • Speedway #7434, 595 – 75th Street (40)
  • Stein BP, 12120 – 75th Street (60)
  • Sports Plaza Mobil, 6205 Green Bay Road (80)
  • Shell Food Plaza, 11748 – 75th Street (approved subject to a non-renewal revocation hearing)

The renewal application for the Model Market, 2327 – 54th Street was sent back to the Licensing & Permit Committee for review.  Attorney Larry Keating, representing the Model Market, remarked that they are in the midst of selling the business in an arm’s length transaction.  They are selling all to a third party.  The contract was signed on May 25.  (Kennedy was opposed to sending it back to committee.)

The renewal application of the Tobacco Outlet Plus, 2111 – 22nd Avenue, for a Class “A” retail beer license, along with a transfer of agent status to Melissa Roark, subject to 60 demerit points, was also approved.

The following establishments were approved for renewal applications of their Class “A” retail beer and “Class A” retail liquor licenses.  (Again, if any demerit points were attached to their approvals, they are listed in parenthesis.)

  • Tenuta’s Deli Liquors & Wines, 3203 – 52nd Street (0)
  • Cellar Door Wine, Liquor & Beer, 7944 Sheridan Road (0)
  • Shenanigan’s Liquors, 1585 – 22nd Avenue (0)
  • Piggly Wiggly Supermarket, 7600 Pershing Boulevard (20)
  • Spiegelhoff’s Supervalu, 3401 – 80th Street (20)
  • American Plaza Liquor, 2830 – 75th Street (20)
  • Westown Foods & Liquor, 3203 – 60th Street (40)
  • Lenci’s Food & Deli, 2121 – 45th Street (40)
  • Southport Pantry, 7506 – 7th Avenue (40)
  • Lou Perrine’s Gas & Groceries, 5145 Sheridan Road (40)
  • CVS Pharmacy #8777, 3726 – 22nd Avenue (80)
  • BP Express, 2616 – 22nd Avenue (80)

The renewal application for the Class “A” retail beer/”Class A” retail liquor license of Pick ‘N Save, 6871 – 18th Street, along with a transfer of agent status of the Class “A” retail beer license to Matthew Meyer, subject to 20 demerit points, was unanimously approved.

The renewal application of Wingstop for a Class “B” retail beer license, subject to 20 demerit points was also approved.

The renewal application of Tuscany Bistro Bar & Grill Kenosha for a reserve Class “B” beer/”Class B” liquor license located at 7410 – 118th Avenue, was approved, with no adverse recommendations.

Also, the renewal application of Scotty’s Tavern, 2117 – 50th Street, was approved, subject to 0 demerit points.  (Kennedy voted against.)

The following establishments were approved for the renewal applications of their Class “B” beer/”Class B” liquor combination licenses, subject to the demerit points listed:

  • Sunnyside Club, 7517 – 22nd Avenue (0)
  • HuHot Mongolian Grill, 7214 Green Bay Road (0)
  • Denny’s Sports Den, 5521 Washington Road (0)
  • Kazaches, 4327 – 17th Avenue (0)
  • DeRango’s “The Pizza King” Restaurant, 2135 – 31st Street (0)
  • Club Icon, 6305 – 120th Avenue (0)
  • Los Compadres, 3935 – 52nd Street (0)
  • Rumors, 1912 – 52nd Street (0)
  • Bob’s Grandview, 6929 – 39th Avenue (0)
  • Puzzle House, 4224 – 7th Avenue (0)
  • Jill’s Place, 1400 – 52nd Street (0)
  • Slammers Tavern, 6832 – 24th Avenue (0)
  • Stoneface, 4701 – 8th Avenue (0)
  • George’s Club Highview, 5305 – 60th Street (0)
  • Shenanigan’s on 52nd, 2427 – 52nd Street (0)
  • Shenanigan’s Pub, 8303 – 22nd Avenue (20)
  • Carl & Doug’s Bar, 2405 – 63rd Street (20)
  • Norm’s So Seldom Inn, 1819 – 52nd Street (20)
  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, 6950 – 75th Street (20)
  • Fireside Restaurant & Lounge, 2801 – 30th Avenue (20)
  • Interlude II Bar & Grill, 514 – 57th Street (20)
  • Main Street Pub, 5706 – 6th Avenue (20)
  • Gerolmo’s, 2506 – 52nd Street (20)
  • Sports on Sheridan, 4626 Sheridan Road (20)
  • Clubhouse Pub & Grille, 2621 – 30th Avenue (40)
  • Wine Knot Bar & Bistro, 5611 – 6th Avenue (40)
  • Art Bar, 5301 – 22nd Avenue (40)
  • Flint’s Inn, 4708 – 22nd Avenue (40)
  • PJ’s Cabin Fever Bar & Grill, 8249 Sheridan Road (40)
  • Spanky’s Bar & Grill, 2325 – 52nd Street (40)
  • Deep Blues, 5010 – 7th Avenue (40)
  • Sir Arthur’s Beer Gardens, 3501 – 14th Avenue (40)
  • El Rodeo, 1361 – 52nd Street (40)
  • Pavle’s Lounge, 1724 – 52nd Street (40)
  • Duke’s Country Saloon, 2324 – 18th Street (40)
  • Big Shotz Bar, 3000 Roosevelt Road (60)
  • Lotus Sports Bar, 3216 – 60th Street (60)
  • Sullivan’s Place, 6015 – 75th Street (80)
  • Schmidties Sports Bar, 4602 – 7th Avenue (80)
  • Shenanigan’s Pub & Grill, 2615 – 60th Street (80)
  • Rendezvous Tiki Lounge, 1700 – 52nd Street (approved subject to a non-renewal revocation hearing)
  • Bragados Banquets, 4820 – 75th Street (approved subject to a non-renewal revocation hearing)
  • Bull and Bear Eatery and Tavern, 4017 – 80th Street (approved subject to a non-renewal revocation hearing)
  • Club Benes, 2827 – 63rd Street (approved subject to a non-renewal revocation hearing)

The following establishments received approval of their renewal applications of their Class “A” retail beer licenses, subject to the demerit points listed:

  • Fonte Food Market, 1400 – 50th Street (20)
  • Grace Petro Mart, 4433 – 22nd Avenue (40)
  • 52nd Street Quick Shop, 3404 – 52nd Street (40)(Kennedy voted against)
  • PDQ Store, 8012 – 39th Avenue (60)

The application of Motor Alley for its Class “B” beer/”Class B” liquor license, located at 1402 – 52nd Street, with acceptance of a conditional surrender of a similar license at the same location from Nello J. Cristiano, to be effective July 1, 2012, was approved.

The following establishments received approval of their renewal applications of their Class “B” beer/”Class B” liquor combination licenses, subject to the demerit points listed:

  • Bindelli’s City Zoo, 4601 – 7th Avenue (0)
  • Bindelli’s Jungle, 3805 – 22nd Avenue (0)
  • Charcoal Grill & Rotisserie, 5745 – 75th Street (0)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, 7A127 – 120th Avenue (0)
  • Los Cantaritos Mexican Restaurant, 4031 – 52nd Street (0)
  • Bindelli’s Safari, 2232 Roosevelt Road (20)
  • Kaiser’s Pizza & Pub, 510 – 57th Street (20)
  • Rivals Sports Pub & Grill, 6325 – 120th Avenue (20)
  • Bindelli’s Animal House, 3322 Sheridan Road (40)

Bindelli’s Animal House was also approved for a change in the closing hours of their outdoor extension to 1:30 a.m.  Captain Mike’s, 5118 – 6th Avenue, was approved for a change in the closing hours of their outdoor cafe to 1:30 a.m.

Fec’s Place, 5523 – 6th Avenue, was approved for its application for a temporary outdoor area cabaret license for July 21, 2012.

The zoning ordinance change proposed by the mayor to rezone the property at 720 – 59th Place from IP, Institutional Park District, to B-4, Mixed Use District, was approved.  The corresponding subsection of the zoning ordinance to amend the Land Use Map for the City of Kenosha:  2035, was also approved.

The zoning ordinance change proposed by the mayor to rezone property at 6325 – 120th Avenue from C-1, Upland Resource Conservancy District, to B-2, Community Business District, and a portion of the property from B-2, Community Business District, to C-, Upland Resource Conservancy District, was also approved.  And, again, the corresponding subsection of the zoning ordinance to amend the Land Use Map for the City of Kenosha:  2035, was also approved.

The code of general ordinances change proposed by the Board of Water Commissioners to amend a subsection regarding definitions and to repeal and recreate another subsection regarding cross connection control, was approved unanimously.  Alderperson Jan Michalski commented that this change is to get in compliance with the DNR regulations, not allowing backflow on drinking water.

The code of general ordinances change proposed by Alderperson Jesse Downing to repeal a subsection entitled “Closing Hours – Class “A” Premises” was approved by a vote of 15 to 2 (Alderpersons Jan Michalski and G. John Ruffolo voted against).

The zoning ordinance change proposed by the mayor to rezone properties at 5031 and 5035 – 28th Avenue, from M-2, Heavy Manufacturing District, to RG-1, General Residential District, was unanimously approved.

The zoning ordinance change proposed by Alderperson Jesse Downing to create a new paragraph regarding medical transportation offices and to repeal and recreate other paragraphs, was deferred for two weeks.  This had to do with the overnight storage of 35 to 40 of K-Town Transportation’s minivans on the property.  Bruno Rizzo, attorney for the owner/landlord of the property, spoke.  “To allow medical transport, but to limit the parking to no parking overnight is an oxymoron.  They are a good tenant, funded by the State of Wisconsin, it’s good for the plaza, the units are filled, they pay their rent, and they pay their taxes.”  The next meeting of the City Plan Commission will be on June 21st.

The zoning ordinance change proposed by the mayor to rezone various properties located in the City of Kenosha in accordance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Rate Maps with an effective date of June 19, 2012, was approved by a vote of 14 to 3.  Click here to read a more in-depth article on this item:  Common Council Approves Flood Maps, Even Though Inaccurate.

The resolution by the Finance Committee to amend the City of Kenosha Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for 2010 by decreasing the line item for “Creek Stabilization” by $40,000, and increasing the line item for “Pike River Monitoring” in the amount of $40,000, for a net change of $0, was unanimously approved.

Both Gordon Wyllie and Len Iaquinta were approved for their mayoral re-appointments to the Library Board for terms to expire on July 1, 2015.

The award of contract for the resurfacing project for 32nd Avenue – 55th Street to 52nd Street, 33rd Avenue – 55th Street to 52nd Street, 27th Avenue – 35th Street to 33rd Street, and 60th Avenue – 82nd Street to 80th Street, to Cicchini Asphalt, in the amount of $849,000, was approved.

The following 2012 sub-grantee agreements (related to Community Development Block Grants – CDBG) were approved:

  • Kenosha Area Family & Aging – Volunteer Transportation Service
  • Walkin’ In My Shoes, Inc. – Survival Backpack Street Outreach
  • Kenosha Literacy Council, Inc. – Adult Literacy Programming
  • Oasis Youth Safety – Site Security
  • Kenosha Achievement Center, Inc. – Employment Exploration
  • Women & Children’s Horizons, Inc. – Legal Advocacy
  • ELCA – Urban Outreach Center – Helping Residents Become Self-Sufficient
  • Kenosha YMCA – Frank Neighborhood Project
  • Kenosha County Interfaith Human Concerns Network, Inc. (Shalom Center) – Emergency Family Shelter
  • Kenosha Achievement Center, Inc. – Workshop Improvements
  • Women & Children’s Horizons, Inc. – Building Repairs
  • Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. – Micro-Enterprise Development
  • HOPE Council, Inc. – Hope House Planning Grant
  • Kenosha Common Markets, Inc. – Feasibility Study

The request from the Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, Inc., for an extension to their 2011 CDBG subgrantee agreement was also approved.  The extension was granted until October 1, 2012.  A similar request from the Kenosha Human Development Services, Inc., for an extension to their 2011 CDBG subgrantee agreement was also approved.

The application of Old Carco Liquidation Trust for a non-structural demolition permit located at 5555 – 30th Avenue, was approved.  (This is the property which housed the Chrysler Kenosha Engine Plant.)

The conditional use permit request for a non-conforming residential use to be located at 2518 – 76th Street, was approved, as was the conditional use permit request for a non-conforming residential use to be located at 4012 Taft Road.

The two proposed settlements regarding Jeffrey Lehman v. City of Kenosha, and regarding Victor Zelada v. the City of Kenosha, were both approved in open session.

Alderpersons’ Comments

Alderperson Jan Michalski mentioned the Uptown Business Men Car Show, which was held on Sunday, May 27th.  “It was a good event.”  He thanked Dennis Nelson, Mannie Polos, and Kris Kochman from the mayor’s office for their help.

Alderperson Steve Bostrom mentioned the upcoming event of Wings & Wheels, to be held on Saturday, July 7th.  It’s a car/air show.  There will be free admission.  Helicopter rides will be available (for a fee).  This is the second year for this event.

He also mentioned the recent Parks Commission meeting where there was a presentation on the South Port Beach House.  “It was eye-opening and very informative.  This is a gem of a building, one that we should allocate some resources to save.”  He mentioned a portion that was in such disrepair that it was blocked off to public access.  (To read more about this issue, click here:  South Port Beach House Restoration.)

Alderperson G. John Ruffolo mentioned that he heard that a 2,500-person petition against Wal-Mart was turned in two weeks ago.  He was asking for confirmation from the City Planning Office.  He also was happy to report that the stop signs at 39th Avenue and 18th Street have now been installed.  “They are working.  There have been no accidents.”  And, he also mentioned the South Port Beach House.  “It’s a gorgeous building.  I hate to see it torn down.”

Alderperson Anthony Kennedy mentioned the fact that the Sun Plaza Dry Cleaners will be closing at the end of June.  He reminded folks to make sure they pick up their clothes from the cleaners before that date.

Alderperson David Bogdala gave a recap of the FEMA issue.  He also discussed the parking problems at the Rivals Sports Bar.  This issue will be back before the Council on June 18th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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