Illegal activities topic of board

March 19, 2019

JUNEAU -- When the Dodge County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday members are expected to review a resolution supporting legislation addressing illegal activities associated with adult entertainment establishments.

Last year, several state legislators recognized the negative effects on residents, visitors and the general pubic when adult entertainment establishments are operating within communities.

The adult gentlemen’s clubs came under scrutiny in March 2018 when a Hartford man was indicted on charges of sex trafficking.

Right now Solomon’s, an adult entertainment club at 112 E. Oak St., Juneau, is the only strip club open in Dodge County. The Wild Rose in Lebanon was recently put up for sale, and last fall the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and state law enforcement officials served a warrant on The Hardware Store and served arrest warrants on the employees there (the details of the search warrant were not disclosed).

The Dodge County Board of Supervisors is requesting the Wisconsin Legislature to enact laws that would provide tools for counties, cities, villages and towns in addition to liquor licensing to assist local efforts in eradicating the negative impacts associated with the illegal activities occurring within and around these establishment.

In other business, the county board will also discuss becoming a member of the Wisconsin PACE Commission following a presentation by PACE program administrator Jason Stringer.

PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy, is an innovative program that enables property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term loans for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements.

Now active in 34 counties including Jefferson County and neighboring Sauk, Iowa and Dane counties, commercial PACE financing helps commercial property owners obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements. With the addition of the latest counties, PACE Wisconsin is now available to 78 percent of Wisconsin’s population.