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October 6, 2022

7/8/2022 7:30:00 AM
Different outcomes for Newbold businesses taverns seeking Class B renewals
Trevor Greene
of the Lakeland Times

Newbold's town chairman, Dave Kroll, has reversed a decision the town board made during a June 23 special town board meeting regarding a provisional Class B liquor license.

During that meeting, the town board issued Class B liquor license renewals to all but two businesses - MACKZ Hideaway and KAIG Stand - because necessary paperwork was not filed with town clerk Kim Gauthier on time.

The board contemplated issuing MACKZ Hideaway a provisional license but ultimately decided not to because, as town chairman Dave Kroll said, the board may feel inclined to issue KAIG Stand one as well.

At the special meeting, town supervisor Mike McKenzie said he would like to see provisionals issued on a case-by-case basis. He also mentioned how KAIG Stand has caused the board unspecified issues in the past.

On the other hand, Gauthier noted, this was the first time MACKZ Hideaway was late to hand in paperwork, adding the business has historically submitted the proper forms and applications.

A reversal

At the June 30 regular town board meeting, Gauthier informed the board about what had transpired since renewal of both business' Class B liquor licenses were denied.

KAIG Stand ownership, she said, contacted her on Wednesday, June 29, and submitted an application for renewal. Gauthier notified the owner verbally, she said, and reminded her the board cannot take action on the application for at least 15 days now that it has been submitted, according to state statute.

"But also, to go along with the KAIG Stand establishment, I just received this letter today," Gauthier said. "The gentleman who actually owns the building, he contacted me on Monday or Tuesday (and) ... he indicated that (KAIG Stand's owner) is under a land contract with him, and that it actually expired in April ... and he's not willing to renew it. So actually, she now no longer has a land contract for the building."

Gauthier said, from what she understood the letter said, she believes KAIG Stand was issued a 30-day eviction notice and didn't follow through with it.

"She's still in the establishment, hasn't moved her stuff out and has obtained an attorney," she said, adding the building's owner indicated he would like to acquire the liquor license himself to move forward with alternative plans.

The building's owner, Gauthier noted, has held a liquor license in the past.

"He'll be also applying," she said. "So I'm not sure what (the board) will be able to decide on the 14th but we have to take action on the application, nonetheless."

McKenzie said given the situation, the board can choose not to renew a license at all.

He further suggested the board leave its options open for now to wait and see how the situation unfolds.

Gauthier was directed to request the Oneida County Sheriff's Office send a letter to KAIG Stand informing them the business does not have a license, and the board may take action on its application at its July 14 meeting.

It was a much different story for MACKZ Hideaway, as Gauthier said a provisional was issued on Friday, June 24, following the board's decision to not do so at its special meeting the night before.

She explained how the owner of MACKZ Hideaway was informed of the board's decision not to issue a provisional "and approximately an hour later, I got a phone call from chairman Kroll saying to issue the provisional."

Gauthier issued the provisional as directed, she said.

"I did talk to Dave (Kroll) on that issue and (he said) that he wanted to apologize to the board for something the board really didn't recommend at the time, but felt responsible that it was something that he should do," town supervisor Mike Sueflohn said. "So, he apologizes."

1999 GMC Suburban for sale

The board authorized Newbold's fire chief and director of public works Mark Fetzer to sell a 1999 GMC Suburban used by the fire department.

It's four-wheel drive, Fetzer said, and has about 50,000 miles on it.

"We really don't use it enough to warrant keeping it," he said. "We don't think we need to replace it at this point. It's just we don't have enough activity ... you can't have more trucks than you have people, I guess, is what it comes down to."

The Suburban will be placed on the Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction with the attached stipulation of a $5,000 minimum reserve.

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