Beaver Dam Tavern Objecting To Proposed License Suspension

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council has agreed to receive both written and verbal objections to the proposed 15-day suspension of the liquor license for a Beaver Dam tavern. Johnny’s Lounge is being assessed enough points to trigger the suspension under the city’s demerit point ordinance because of a closing time fight last summer. In two weeks, the full council will vote on the suspension, which was recommended by the city’s Administrative Committee, where arguments were heard last month from both the complainant and the bar owner. City officials last Monday night only had to decide if objections to the suspension from the bar owner should be submitted in written form, verbal form or both. On January 21, the council will hear both before deciding. If the defendants want to contest that decision, the matter would be handled at the circuit court-level. During last month’s hearing, attorneys for Johnny’s Lounge did not contest their role in the closing time fight as much as they did the constitutionality of the demerit point ordinance itself. At one point, the bar turned down an offer from the city to close for three consecutive, weekend days.