Deal returns liquor license to Wasko's campgroundWasko’s Campground Plus can sell alcohol again, prompted by a last-minute agreement forged in Douglas County Circuit Court on Friday between business owner Chris Zoltak and the Bennett Town Board.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
Wasko’s Campground Plus can sell alcohol again, prompted by a last-minute agreement forged in Douglas County Circuit Court on Friday between business owner Chris Zoltak and the Bennett Town Board.
Wasko’s, located on the shores of Lake Minnesuing, has been without a class B beer and liquor license since the board voted not to renew it during a closed session June 26.
Zoltak filed suit against the town two weeks later seeking to have the license renewed. The two sides struck an agreement Friday in front of Judge George Glonek to renew the liquor license pending the outcome of a separate criminal case against Zoltak.
According to the agreement, the liquor license for Wasko’s Campground Plus was to be renewed by the close of business Friday. If Zoltak is convicted of a felony, he would surrender the license. By state law, a convicted felon cannot hold a liquor license.
As part of the agreement, no blame was assigned to either party and each side was to pay their own attorney costs.
“So we’ve tried to do the best thing for everybody involved in this situation,” said Bennett Town Board Supervisor Wesley Koehler.
Zoltak, 37, faces one count felony possession with intent to deliver marijuana and misdemeanor charges of possession of an illegally obtained prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and having an unlicensed liquor operator in Douglas County Circuit Court. The charges stem from an April 23 compliance inspection at Wasko’s Campground Plus by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the criminal complaint:
The inspection turned up 70 grams of marijuana in a chest freezer in the campground’s bar and a stolen firearm. About 15 ounces of marijuana (364 grams) was found during a warrant search executed later in the day at Wasko’s bar
Zoltak’s next court appearance on that case is Sept. 9.