Clyman OKs draft of alcohol demerits

August 29, 2018

CLYMAN -- Clyman Village Board members approved a draft of an alcohol control demerit point system Monday night at their August meeting.

Village officials have been working on the demerit point system after allegations arose of sex-trafficking at two Dodge County strip clubs - the Hardware Store in Clyman and the TNT Gentleman’s Club, which has since changed its name to Wild Rose Gentleman’s Club, in Lebanon. The owner of the Hardware Store also owns the Solomon’s strip club in Juneau which was not named in the federal complaint.

Although the draft was approved Monday, it still has to be posted and come before the village board again for a final vote. If approved as an ordinance it will allow the village of Clyman to revoke the liquor license of establishments that fail to follow the law.

The alcohol control demerit system has an established point system for the purpose of guiding the Clyman Village Board in making decisions on possible suspensions or revocations of alcoholic beverage licenses.

In the demerit point system, which is still in draft form at this time, the types of violations range from refusing to allow a police officer to search the premises, 75 demerit points; sale of a controlled substance by a license holder or a license holder’s employee, 150 demerits; sale to any person under the age of 21 on the premises without a parent, guardian or spouse of legal drinking age, 100 demerits; and failure to maintain order, fights or disorderly conduct occurring in a licensed establishment where the sheriff’s department is not notified by the license holder or an employee of the license holder, 100 demerits.

For demerit points totaling 50-199 within a rolling 12 month period, the alcohol license holder will be warned of additional violations. For demerit points totaling 200-249 within the rolling 12 month period, a recommendation of suspension can be made. For demerit points totaling 250 points or more within an 18 month period the village board can recommend revocation of the license.

If an alcohol license holder violates the alcohol demerit point system the village board may take disciplinary action, including permit or license suspension. Any license or permit that has been revoked will not be reinstated within the following the 12 months. Any disciplinary action taken by the village board can be followed with a hearing which includes the alcohol license holder.

The Clyman Village Board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 24.

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