Board rejects transfer of strip club license

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

Sept. 3, 2015

 A for lease sign posted near the former Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen's Club is seen Tuesday afternoon in the town of Trenton.
Photo by John Ehlke

TOWN OF TRENTON — A proposal to transfer a liquor license from a closed strip club to a different company was rejected by the town board Tuesday night.

The former gentlemen’s club, Spearmint Rhino, has been closed for several months. ZES of Trenton LLC sought to have the liquor license transferred to Mookie Exotic LLC. A member of Mookie Exotic LLC’s board is Boro Buzdum of Slinger, who was part of a group that was denied an operator’s license by the board in July to reopen the club under the name TNT Gentlemen’s Club.

Town Attorney Tim Schoonenberg said Police Chief Joe Gabrish recommended rejecting the transfer for three reasons.

“The president of the new group has a prior record that the board reviewed earlier during deliberation on the earlier request. The second reason is because of the numerous 911 calls at that location and the third is there’s a list of about 26 violations from around West Bend, Trenton and around the county that should be taken into account,” Schoonenberg said.

One of the officers of Mookie Exotic LLC, Zivko Buzdum, admitted in the application for the license transfer he had been convicted of a driving under the influence charge “about 10 years ago.”

Town Supervisor Ed Doerr made the motion to deny the license transfer.

“I think based on the chief’s recommendation it’s the thing to do,” Doerr said.

According to a memo written by the police chief to the town board earlier,

Boro Buzdum pleaded guilty to a secondoffense operating while intoxicated in 2014 and had the same violation in 2012.

Schoonenberg said as part of the legal process the town clerk will mail a notice to Mookie Exotic LLC officers detailing the reason for the town’s denial of the transfer.

“They can ask to appear before the town board for an appeal during a closed session,” Schoonenberg said.

No one from Mookie Exotic LLC spoke at the meeting. The Daily News was unable to reach a representative of the company before press time.

In other business, the board tabled a proposal to change rules regarding weight limits on town roads until October’s meeting. The board discussed a proposal but Gabrish said there might be an easier way to accomplish the goal the board is seeking.

Town Chairman Joe Gonnering said holding the idea for more discussion was a good idea.

“If we approve what’s being proposed we would be creating more paperwork, but would that really solve the problem?” Gonnering said.
 

Reach reporter Joe VanDeLaarschot at jvan@conleynet.com.