Licensing and permit decisions

Licensing & Permit Committee PictureOn Wednesday night, the Common Council met and ruled on several licensing and permit issues.  These are summarized below:

  • Seven new operator’s (bartender) licenses were approved, subject to various amounts of demerit points.
  • One new taxi driver’s license was approved, subject to 90 demerit points.  Two others were denied.

  • The application of American Plaza Liquor, located at 2830 – 75th Street, to amend the description of the beer/liquor licensed premises was referred back to the Licensing & Permit Committee.  Alderperson Steve Bostrom said that he spoke to the applicant, and the applicant didn’t appropriately spell out their desires/needs at the last meeting.  He asked that the rest of the Council members support the referral.  Alderperson Anthony Kennedy wanted to know if the establishment was still going to be selling gas.  Bostrom said that he didn’t want to speak for the operators, but he did know that they were trying to remodel their gas station to have a similar set-up to one on the north side of Kenosha. Kennedy said that, when the license was first approved, having a separate entrance was a big thing to those who voted for it.  Bostrom reminded the Council that the city changed the rules since then.  Since there is no quota any longer, any retail establishment can sell liquor and beer.  Bostrom asked that the issue be referred back to the committee so that “they can have an opportunity to articulate their operating plan and get a fair shake.”
  • The application of the CVS Pharmacy located at 3710 – 57th Avenue for a beer/liquor license was approved by all but one alderperson (Kennedy).  Larry Cohen, attorney, John Voight, district manager, and Michael Martin, the agent, were in attendance.  Voight spoke about the plan for the store, the installation of ID card readers, the camera monitoring system, locking cases for high dollar items, coolers with locks, and strict time frames for sales.  This is their third store in Kenosha with this license.
  • The application of DD’s Bar, located at 1925 – 45th Street, for a beer license was also approved by all except Kennedy.
  • The application of Our Kenosha Tap, located at 3221 – 60th Street, for a daily cabaret license for January 26, 2013, was unanimously approved.
  • The renewal application of Superior Gold Express, located at 2400 – 52nd Street, for a secondhand jewelry dealer license, was approved by all except Kennedy.
  • The application of Lin Liang Wu for a massage therapist license was approved by a roll call vote of 11 to 2.  Those against were Alderpersons Scott Gordon and Steve Bostrom.
  • The renewal application of Cunjun Wang for a massage therapist license was approved by a roll call vote of 11 to 2.  Those against were Gordon and Bostrom again.  Alderperson David Bogdala asked the chief of police if there was some sort of a violation involved.  Chief of Police John Morrissey said that two massage parlors were being operated without a license, that complaints were received, and that perhaps inappropriate conduct ensued.  Bogdala asked if any demerit points had been assigned to the license, and city attorney Ed Antaramian replied that there are no demerit points for massage therapists.
  • The findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendation to suspend the bartender license of Joan Marie Eckert for 15 consecutive days and reinstate subject to 25 demerit points was approved by a roll call vote of 13 to 0.  (Alderpersons Patrick Juliana, Tod Ohnstad, Jesse Downing, and Rocco LaMacchia were not present at the meeting.)
  • The findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendation to suspend the taxi driver’s license of Charles Ulrich for 90 consecutive days and reinstate subject to 60 demerit points was also approved by a roll call vote of 13 to 0.  Neither of the two licensees were present.
  • The proposed ordinance change by the Licensing & Permit Committee to repeal and recreate a subsection of the code of general ordinances regarding disciplinary hearings was deferred for two weeks.

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