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Thirsty Moose seeks $2 million in damages from city

Feb. 26, 2009 4:40 p.m. | The relationship between the city of Cudahy and The Thirsty Moose continued its downward slide this week: An attorney for tavern owner Cristie Bonchek filed a $2 million harassment claim against the city just days before a Cudahy committee recommended her liquor license be revoked.

The claim, often a precursor to a lawsuit, states that members of the Police Department and other city officials "have engaged in an egregious course of reckless and vindictive actions attempting to destroy (the) complainant's business."

Alderwoman and Rules, Laws and Licensing Committee Chairwoman Mary Schissel also is under fire. Bonchek's attorney, Alan Eisenberg, said signatures are being collected for a recall petition to remove her from her aldermanic post. The petition states that Schissel "appears to exhibit reckless harassment of a Cudahy business owner to gain personal advantage of a relative and has publicly expressed a bias against a local tax-paying business owner."

Eisenberg said Schissel is related to the owner of Club Bagdad, a tavern across the street from The Thirsty Moose. He requested Schissel recuse herself from the committee during the Feb. 25 hearing on the liquor license revocation.

City Attorney Paul Eberhardy said Schissel has no personal financial interest in Club Bagdad and that she did not need to recuse herself.

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Developer drops plans for senior housing complex

Feb. 19, 2009 2:55 p.m. | A $6.3 million, three-story, senior housing complex is not coming to Cudahy after all.

A public hearing was set for Feb. 13, and was canceled after the developer contacted city officials, claiming that there was not a viable target market at that location to construct the 76-unit facility, said building inspector Butch Loferski.

Thomas Sather, president of Silverstone Partners, presented plans to build the $6.3 million Applewood Glen Senior Apartments for people age 55 years and older near the intersection of College and Packard avenues during a Jan. 13 Plan Commission meeting.

In order for the Plan Commission to move forward with the project, a public hearing had to be set to rezone the less than two-acre site for multi-family use. A conditional-use permit was also needed in order to build on the property.

The site can now be used for retail/commercial purposes, but other uses may be permitted with Plan Commission approval, he said.

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Franklin is latest city to ban sick-day mandate

Feb. 17, 2009 10:25 p.m. | The Franklin Common Council Tuesday approved an ordinance that says the city cannot require Franklin private employers to provide "particular wages or benefits" to their employees.

The ordinance tallied "yes" votes from District 1 Alderman Steve Olson, District 2 Alderman Tim Solomon, District 5 Alderman Lyle Sohns and District 6 Alderman Ken Skowronski.

District 3 Alderman Kristen Wilhelm, who opposed the measure, abstained. District 4 Alderman Steve Taylor had an excused absence and did not vote.

The Franklin ordinance, proposed by Olson, comes after city of Milwaukee voters in November approved a referendum to create an ordinance that requires employers to provide varying amounts of paid sick leave to their employees depending on the size of a firm. The ordinance is being challenged by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Franklin became the latest Milwaukee suburb to adopt an ordinance not requiring private firms to provide wages and benefits to their employees. St. Francis, Greenfield, Oak Creek, West Allis and South Milwaukee adopted similar ordinances earlier this year.

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