L & M Meats granted another extension

At last night’s Licensing/Permit Committee Meeting,   L & M Meats received permission to maintain their beer/liquor license for a second time.  The first extension was granted by the committee on April 30th.  This is for the building located at 4902 – 7th Avenue.  Once an establishment is issued a liquor license, they have 90 days to open the business.  If they do not open for business within the 90 days, they must come before the committee and request an extension.

Keith Meyer, owner, spoke at the meeting and relayed the extensive remodeling work they have been doing to the building since they bought it in February.  They currently have bids out for interior plumbing work, HVAC, etc.  Meyer said that he hopes to be open by December 1st, but wasn’t entirely positive about that.

Alderperson Anthony Kennedy questioned Meyer regarding the extent of the remodeling he had in mind when he purchased the building.  Kennedy was concerned that Meyer would have to come back before the committee a third time for yet another extension.  Meyer said that they knew they had a lot of work to do; they just didn’t know that it would take quite this long.

Kennedy also mentioned the rule of being open two days out of 30 days in order to keep the license active, but Meyer didn’t think that they would receive an occupancy permit with all of the remodeling going on.  “We won’t get the final approval until we’re up and running, until all things are up to code.  That’s what Rick, the building inspector, told me, and also Pat Ryan from the Fire Department.”

Alderperson Curt Wilson suggested to Meyer that he put timelines on the contracts that he signs with the bidders to put pressure on them to complete the work on time.

The committee granted the extension unanimously.

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In other business conducted at the meeting:

  • Three applications for new operator’s (bartender) licenses were approved unanimously; two were denied due to material police record.
  • The application of 52nd Gold Exchange, located at 1341 – 52nd Street,  for a secondhand jewelry dealer license, was deferred for 60 days.  The committee was concerned about the density of these types of businesses in the city and requested that deputy city attorney Matt Knight draft an ordinance addressing this issue, similar to the liquor license density ordinance.

Chairman Jesse Downing stated that he received an e-mail from a citizen this past week regarding bars charging $5 for all-you-can-drink specials.  Chapter 125 of the Wisconsin Liquor Law makes this illegal.  He asked that the Kenosha Police Department start enforcing this law.  He said that he would forward the e-mail to Captain Lindquist, who was present at the meeting.

After the regular meeting, a special meeting was called to discuss a sub-chapter of the code of general ordinances regarding sound trucks.  This had to do with ice cream trucks.  By city ordinance, there is to be no music played on Sundays and holidays.  An unnamed company requested that this be changed, and they were to be present at the meeting to discuss the issue, but they were not in attendance.  Therefore, the meeting was adjourned.  The fine is $10 a day per truck, and this company apparently owns ten trucks.

 

 

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