Bennett board denies liquor license to Wasko's Campground PlusThe Bennett Town Board decided Wednesday it won’t renew a liquor license for Wasko’s Campground Plus.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
The Bennett Town Board decided Wednesday it won’t renew a liquor license for Wasko’s Campground Plus.
According to the not-yet-approved minutes of the closed session meeting, Supervisor Wes Koehler made the motion to deny renewal of the Class B Beer & Liquor license held Christopher Zoltak under the company name of CCZ Campground.
“The Board has reason to believe Christopher Zoltak violated the law habitually by purchasing, possessing, and using marijuana without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of numerous illegally obtained prescription drugs,” the minutes state. “We, (the Town Board) considered the illegal firearm and the illegal fireworks but did not use that for this determination.”
The decision comes a week after the board held a public hearing to weigh allegations against Zoltak, who is facing drug-related charges in Douglas County Circuit Court.
The charges stem from a compliance check performed by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Knutson — a detective at the time — told the board that during the search of the premises, an agent found 70 grams of what was believed to be marijuana in a freezer. A joint was found in an office, he said.
The subsequent discovery of a firearm reported stolen that Zoltak said he purchased prompted the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department to seek a warrant to pursue a more thorough search.
The April 23 search turned up 434 grams (15 ounces) of marijuana in a number of different spots as well as prescription pills, marijuana grinders, digital scales and illegal fireworks.
Zoltak, who won’t be arraigned on charges in connection with the search until July 22, called the board’s decision “ludicrous” and premature.
He said he’s been in business in Bennett for 14 years and the board is “taking away my livelihood” before he’s even been convicted of the crime. If he is convicted of a felony, he said, he wouldn’t be able to hold a liquor license anyway, he said.
Liquor licenses in Wisconsin expire at the end of June and have to be renewed by July to continue operation.
Thursday, Zoltak said he is planning to file an injunction to appeal the board’s decision.