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Meeting Name: LICENSES COMMITTEE Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 9/4/2020 9:00 AM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Room 301-B, City Hall
Special This is a virtual meeting. Those wishing to view the proceedings are able to do so via the City Channel - Channel 25 on Spectrum Cable - or on the Internet at http://city.milwaukee.gov/citychannel.
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200401 01.MotionMotion relating to the recommendations of the Licenses Committee relating to Licenses.

Minutes note: 06 TROTTER, Daniel J, Agent for "Mi Casa Su Cafe LLC", Alcohol and Food Permanent Extension of Premise Application Adding to North side of 1st Floor for "Mi Casa Su Cafe" at 1839A N MARTIN L KING JR DR. Ald. Lewis moved to hold to the call of the chair based on nonappearance. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 06 GLOVER, Devida M, Agent for "The 4th Quarter Sports Bar & Grill LLC", Class B Tavern, Public Entertainment Premises, Food Dealer, and Sidewalk Dining License Renewal Applications for "The 4th Quarter" at 2722 N MARTIN L KING JR DR. (Expired 7/31/2020) Ald. Borkowski moved approval. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 06 GREWAL, Pritpal S, Agent for "SAHEJ, LLC", Extended Hours Establishments, Food Dealer, Filling Station, and Weights & Measures License Renewal Applications for "KEEFE AVENUE MOBIL" at 3510 N 7TH St. (Expired 8/22/2020) The applicant stated he has now installed ID scanners at all his filling stations and he has enrolled in the MARTS program. Ald. Kovac moved approval holding open #8 & 9 on the police report. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 06 HALLIDAY, Susan M, Agent for "WALGREEN CO", Food Dealer and Weights & Measures License Renewal Applications with Change of Agent for "WALGREENS #02182" at 370 E CAPITOL DR. Ald. Lewis moved denial based on third nonappearance. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 06 NAGRA, Gurinder S, Agent for "Pueblo Foods & Liquor, Inc", Class A Malt & Class A Liquor and Food Dealer License Renewal Applications for "Pueblo Foods & Liquor" at 2029-31 N HOLTON St. (Expired 7/23/2020) Ald. Lewis moved approval. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 06 BROOKS, Vickie M, Agent for "V & T LIQUORS, INC", Class A Malt & Class A Liquor License Renewal Application for "V & T WINE & LIQUOR" at 916 W BURLEIGH St. (Expired 7/25/2020) The applicant stated she gave the police the security camera footage. She added that she has retrained employees regarding selling cigarettes. Ald. Coggs moved approval with a warning letter based on the police report. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 06 STEWART, Jessica P Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises License Renewal Applications for "STEWART'S REST SPOT" at 1422 W ATKINSON Av. (Expires 10/11/2020) The applicant stated she was confused about the COVID compliance at the beginning of the pandemic. Ald. moved
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Minutes note: 06 BHULLAR, Rajbir S, Agent for "Bhullar Corp", Class A Malt & Class A Liquor, Food Dealer, and Weights & Measures License Applications for "Corner Liquor" at 3500 N PORT WASHINGTON Av. Appearing with the applicant: Atty. James Toran stated the objection was about litter, dumpsters, cameras, loitering, and a 6ft fence. He stated that a fence has been erected. He added that Ms. Laster has refused to have any contact with him. Individuals present in opposition: Fatima Laster 3515 N Port Washington Ave stated she submitted the objections and there are 5 liquor stores in a block radius and they do not contribute to the community. She added that litter, glass, tires, to go containers, and debris continue to end up on her property. She stated that drunk people are on her property urinating, passing out, and defecating. Ras Ammar Nsoroma 3516 N Port Washington Ave stated he has witnessed numerous customers of the premises littering, loitering, and urinating. He added that he agrees with the previous speaker. He stated that every week he sees someone urinating. Ald. Lewis moved to hold to the call of the chair for a community meeting. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 06 KASTHURIRANGAIAN, Prabhu, Agent for "Hotel of the Arts, LLC", Hotel/Motel and Food Dealer License Renewal Applications for "Days Inn & Suites" at 1840 N 6TH St. (Expires 9/24/2020) Appearing with the applicant: Atty. Brian Randall stated the applicant is cooperative with the police and progress has been demonstrated over the past few years. He added that there is an employee group that checks for litter and the dumpsters multiple times a day. He stated the applicant is in contact with the condo association. Individuals present in opposition: MingYon Blackwell 1815 N 5th St stated there is trash every day from the premises that she has to pick up. She added that there are fights and people pulling guns on each other. She stated that she has been told off by employees and the applicant needs to put up a fence. Katie Veley 518 W Vine St stated she sees drug deals and prostitution all day every day and she agrees with the previous speakers. She added that she finds needles and crack pipes next to her car. She stated that the broke down car has been there since May 21st. She added that she is afraid to leave her house after dark because it is unsafe. She stated that there are shootings and this is not an okay way to live. Individuals also present: Genyne Edwards 515 W Reservoir Ave stated that the lighting has been helpful but the dumpsters are not adequate and there are continuous issues. She added that there is no proactive plan to address the issues occurring at the premises. She stated that she has seen drug use by tenants of the premises. She added that the landscaping has been improved, but the snow removal is still an issue. Kristen DeCato 1903 N 5th St stated she is concerned about the lack of proactive property management. She stated that when the trash is picked up it often blows all over. She added that there is prolific drug dealing. Ald. Coggs moved to hold to the call of the chair for an abatement plan and community meeting. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 02 VANG, John Y, Agent for "5XEN Market Inc.", Class A Malt & Class A Liquor-Beer and Wine Only and Food Dealer License Applications for "5XEN Market" at 6318 N 76TH St. Appearing with the applicant: Kay Yang 6318 N 76th St stated they purchased a grocery store and would like to add beer and wine. Individual also present: Arlisia McHenry - 2nd District Executive Assistant stated Pres. Johnson is in support. Ald. Borkowski moved approval. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 02 GREWAL, Pritpal S, Agent for "Mill Metro LLC", Extended Hours Establishments, Food Dealer, Filling Station, and Weights & Measures License Renewal Applications for "Citgo on Fond du Lac & Mill Rd" at 9622 W Fond du Lac Av. (Expired 7/28/2020) Individual also present: Arlisia McHenry - 2nd District Executive Assistant stated Pres. Johnson requests a warning letter. Ald. Dodd moved to hold the call of the chair based on nonappearance. (Prevailed 5-0) Ald. Borkowski moved reconsideration. (Prevailed 5-0) The applicant stated he now has an ID scanner and he enrolled in the MARTS program. Ald. Borkowski moved approval with a warning letter based on the police report. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 02 WALTON, Shawntel, Agent for "Runway Lounge LLC", Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises License Renewal Applications for "Runway Lounge" at 9316 W APPLETON Av. (Expired 5/24/2020) Individual also present: Arlisia McHenry - 2nd District Executive Assistant
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Minutes note: ZIELINSKI, Pablo A, Class D Operator's License Application. Ald. Kovac moved to hold to the call of the chair based on nonappearance. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: DAVIS, Angelica M, Class D Operator's License Application. Ald. Borkowski moved to hold to the call of the chair based on nonappearance. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: KUCZA, Jessica L, Class D Operator's License Application. The applicant stated she has paid all her fines and has made mistakes in her past. Ald. Borkowski moved approval. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: FARRIS, Eric Q, Class D Operator's License Application. Ald. Dodd moved to hold to the call of the chair based on nonappearance. (Prevailed 5-0) Ald. Dodd moved reconsideration. (Prevailed 5-0) The applicant stated that he was going through a rough time, but he'd like to get back to work. Ald. Kovac moved approval. (Prevailed 4-1, Ald. Coggs voting no)
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Minutes note: ORYDER, Jeamus J, Class D Operator's License Application. The applicant stated the incidents were 6 years ago and since then he has turned his life around. He added that he paid all his fines and served his time. Ald. Borkowski moved approval. (Prevailed 4-1, Ald. Coggs voting no)
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Minutes note: BROWN, Greyson D, Agent for "Drake Enterprises, LLC", Home Improvement Contractor's License Application for "Drake Enterprises". The applicant stated he takes responsibility for his mistakes. Ald. Kovac moved approval. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 12 GOUDZWAARD, Kevin J, Agent for "MILWAUKEE CANDLE COMPANY, LLC", Class B Tavern License Application for "Glassnote Candle Bar" at 524 S 2ND St #2. Individual also present: Ald. Perez stated he has no objections. Ald. Kovac moved approval. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 12 NUNGARAY, Daniel Class B Tavern License Application for "La Farandula" at 1001 W MAPLE St. Ald. Borkowski moved to hold to the call of the chair based on nonappearance. (Prevailed 5-0) Ald. Lewis moved reconsideration. (Prevailed 5-0) Individual also present: Ald. Perez stated he has no objections. Ald. Borkowski moved approval. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 12 WIDMANN, Michael J, Agent for "1110 Corp", Class A Malt & Class A Liquor, Extended Hours Establishments, Public Entertainment Premises, and Food Dealer License Renewal Applications with Change of Entertainment Adding 1 Amusement Machine for "Greenfield Pantry" at 1110 W Greenfield Av. (Expired 8/12/2020) Appearing on behalf the applicant: Atty. Vincent Bobot Jose Lazoya 4911 W Loomis Rd Greenfield, WI stated he runs the store day to day. Luis Demoral 129 W Mineral St stated he is security at the premises. Sylvia Ortiz-Velez 517 W Madison St stated she has no issues with the premises. Individual also present: Ald. Perez stated this area has a large population of persons with AODA issues and homelessness. Individual present in opposition: Gabriel Garcia 1127 W Greenfield Ave stated he has lived there for 25 years and there are constant problems at the premises. He added that there is violence, drug dealers, prostitutes, public urination, and defecation. Ald. Kovac moved approval. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 12 TERRONES, Jose L Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises License Transfer Applications with Change of Location for "El Barril" at 1586 S PEARL St. Ald. Lewis moved to the call of the chair based on nonappearance. (Prevailed 5-0) Ald. Borkowski moved reconsideration. (Prevailed 5-0) The applicant stated there's another bar on the corner and their patrons cause a lot of problems. Individual also present: Ald. Perez stated he wants to meet with the applicant and find interpreting services. Ald. Borkowski moved to hold to the call of the chair for Ald. Perez to meet with the applicant. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 12 WRIGHT, Brandon A, Agent for "HM-MKE LLC", Class B Tavern, Public Entertainment Premises, Food Dealer, and Sidewalk Dining License Renewal Applications with Change of Agent and Entertainment Adding Adult Entertainment for "Hamburger Mary's" at 730-734 S 5th St. (Expired 8/1/2020) The applicant stated he misunderstood what adult entertainment meant. Individual also present: Ald. Perez stated he has no objections to the amended application. Ald. Kovac moved to amend the application to remove adult entertainment and add dancing by performers. (Prevailed 5-0) Ald. Borkowski moved approval as amended. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 12 FRAZIER, Vera A, Agent for "Walker's Point Mansion, Inc", Rooming House License Renewal Application for "Walker's Point Mansion" at 703 S 5TH St. (Expires 9/30/2020) Appearing with the applicant: Atty. Vincent Bobot stated he objects to the complaint as hearsay. Individual also present: Ald. Perez stated there was a complaint in the file. Ald. Dodd moved approval. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 12 GONZALEZ, Marco A, Agent for "La Franja Grocery LLC", Class A Malt and Food Dealer License Renewal Applications for "La Franja Groceries" at 2366 S 9TH Pl. (Expires 9/20/2020) Individual also present: Ald. Perez stated there was a DNS issue. Individual present in support: Juan Coria 2365 S 9th Pl stated he lives across the street and it's a good place. Ald. Lewis moved approval. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 12 BELL, Arthur E AND BELL, Kathleen E, Rooming House License Renewal Application partnership for "Kathleen E Bell" at 828 S 19TH St. (Expired 6/30/2020) Individual also present: Ald. Perez stated there were neighborhood complaints. Ald. Kovac moved approval. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 12 ADAME, Maria AND ADAME, Gerardo, Rooming House License Renewal Application partnership for "Gerardo & Maria Adame" at 900 W WALKER St #1. (Expires 9/30/2020) Ald. Lewis moved to hold to the call of the chair based on nonappearance. (Prevailed 5-0) Ald. Borkowski moved reconsideration. (Prevailed 5-0) The applicant stated other people put their garbage at the premises. Individual also present: Ald. Perez stated he has no objections. Individual present in support: Sergio Ordonez 900 W Walker St Ald. Kovac moved approval. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 12 GEBREZGABIHER, Aman Y, Agent for "AMAN LLC", Food Dealer License Renewal Application for "O.G Mini Mart" at 2121 S 16TH St. (Expired 6/11/2020) Individual present: Ald. Perez Ald. Dodd moved to hold to the call of the chair based on nonappearance. (Prevailed 5-0)
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Minutes note: 12 MARTINEZ, Miguel A, Agent for "The Flow DJ's Entertainment LLC", Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises License Renewal Applications with Change of Entertainment Adding Comedy Acts and Battle of the Bands for "VIP Lounge" at 828 S 1st St. (Expires 9/23/2020) The applicant stated #17 on the police report is about an apartment upstairs that the police entered without permission, and the tenant was having a party upstairs. He added that he closes at 2 AM and he is concerned about after hours issues and that's why he has security. He stated that #22 in the police report happened after he was closed and the police never asked him about it. He added that this isn't the first time Mr. Hamilton complained about his premises and garbage. He stated that he's a good neighbor and he doesn't have a problem with his parking lot. He added that there are 4-5 bars in the area and they all park in his lot. He stated that he is going to put a fence around is parking lot. He added that he only has security on Saturday, with 6 guards inside and 2 outside in a patrol car around the parking lot, and they work from 9 PM-2:30 AM. He stated that security clears the outside and parking lot of patrons before they go back inside. He added that he does not have security cameras in the parking lot. Individual present in opposition: Bob Hamilton 904 S 1st St stated he heard 2 gunshots last weekend, the weekend before he heard 50-60 gunshots on Saturday, and the weekend before that there was 12-14 shots fire. He added that he went outside to talk to police and witnessed piles of gun shell casings. He stated that he saw a guy holding his arm out the window and firing a gun. He added that he has tenants and they're afraid to go outside and are threatening to leave. He stated that this is out of control, he is concerned for his safety, and this is a frequent occurrence. He added that he called the police 3 weekends in a row. He stated that it is the customers coming from the parking lot of the premises and when the bar is closed there are no issues. He added that there have been issues at the premises since day one and he is worried about someone being killed. Individuals also present: Ald. Perez stated that he has a lot of concerns about the shots fired incidents, and not calling the police regarding fights. He added that Mr. Hamilton testified before about similar incidents and he has grave concerns. Capt. Salazar stated this bar is problematic and in the last 2 months there have been a dozen calls for service directly related to the premises. He added that the number of shots is very concerning and this is indicative of shootout type activity and multiple shooters. Ald. Borkowski stated that 22 items on the police report since 2015 seems like a pattern. He added #22 on the police report and the email Ald. Perez received on August 24th seem to be the same incident, but different accounts. He stated that 3 straight weekends of shooting is out of control, and he would hate to live in that neighborhood. He added that this is outrageous and there should be a stiff penalty. He stated that he doesn't think the applicant is taking this seriously and 50-60 gunshots is never acceptable. Ald. Lewis stated that she hasn't heard what the applicant is planning to do to prevent these incidents from happening in the future. Ald. Kovac moved approval with a 10 day suspension based on the police report, and neighborhood, aldermanic, and police testimony. (Prevailed 4-1, Ald. Coggs voting no)
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Minutes note: 12 RAMOS-GARCIA, Marcos A, Agent for "Werk Investments LLC", Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises License Renewal Applications for "Points View Boite" at 1619 S 1st St. (Expired 8/7/2020) The applicant stated they try to be transparent and assist police. He added that there are issues with the back alley and he looked in to hiring more security for that area. He stated that he has instituted no parking in the back alley and is in constant contact with the neighbors. He added that #23 on the police report was most concerning to him and his security video didn't show any altercations, but they shared the footage with the police. He stated that any kind of gunplay is concerning to him and they have metal detectors and do pat-downs to make sure everyone is safe inside the bar. He added that most of the incidents happen outside and they try to police it the best that they can. He stated that he has 8-10security guards every night and they now patrol Lapham St because of recent car break ins. He added the last shots fired incident was a patron trying to get inside the premises at bar close. He stated that he tries to provide a safe and enjoyable venue and it's unfortunate that they've had a few incidents that a very concerning involving firearms. He added that he cares about the community and wants to be proactive about weeding out the bad apples. Individual also present: Ald. Perez stated when you look at the 9 items on the police report 4 of them have to do with either shots fired or fights and involved security not calling in the shots fired or not breaking up the fights. He added that based on the police report and neighborhood testimony there is a pattern of gunshots and police contact. He stated that he extremely is concerned about the premises moving forward. He added that he has had many contacts with the applicant regarding these issues and he knows the applicant is trying. He recommends a suspension to give the neighborhood some relief and give the applicant an opportunity to address the issues. Individuals present in opposition: Lillian Torres 182 W Lapham St stated she has lived there for 34 years and they've been shot at. She added that bullets went in to the house next door and it's a constant thing. She stated that she had video of the last shooting and security guards picking up shell casings. Jose Angel Bonilla 1618 S 2nd St stated that he spoke at the previous hearing, and there have been multiple shootings in the alley. He added that the applicant has implemented new security procedures. He stated that he has a video of a shooting that occurred and it shows security picking up the shell casings. He added that he has spoken to the applicant many times. He stated that the applicant put up a chain and the walking in the alley has gotten better. He added that since the last shooting there haven't been any more incidents, but there have been shootings further away. Capt. Salazar stated he is opposed because the premises has a constant series of gun related incidents. He added that the premises is in nuisance status and there was a nonfatal shooting on March 8th with multiple shooters, more than 28 shell casings were recovered from multiple firearms including a .40 caliber, 9mm pistol, and a 223 rifle. He stated that when COVID-19 hit the bar shut down, but when they reopened there was another incident in July. He added that all of the events emanate from the bar and it's just a matter of time before there is a homicide. Individuals present in support: Terrell Morgan 2160 N 35th St stated he was a frequent patron of the premises. He added that he has know the applicant for a number of years and he is his good friend and business partner. He stated that the applicant care about the community. He added that the applicant works hard for his business and wants to be successful. Kos Saengphaphat 313 E Smith St stated he has known the applicant for 5 years and he's been good to the community. He added that he feels safe at the premises and has never seen violence or shootings there. He stated that the applicant is very transparent and he is doing his best to take care of everything. Ald. Borkowski stated since 2017 there have been #25 on the police report, including 6 in 2020. He added that there is a pattern and he has zero confidence that things are going to change. He stated that the patrons don't have the right to do whatever they please. Ald. Kovac stated he his also concerned about the number of items on the police report and the issues occurring outside the premises. Ald. Lewis stated there are more than a few very serious issues. She added that it has only been 3 years and there have been many issues. She stated that the applicant needs time to overhaul the procedures and figure out how to ensure quality of life and public safety for the neighborhood. Ald. Lewis moved approval with a 15 day suspension based on the police report, and police, aldermanic, neighborhood testimony, holding open #26 on the police report. (Prevailed 5-0)
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