Wis. Campground Owner Lost Liquor License
The owner of Wasko’s Campground Plus has filed a civil suit against the town of Bennett, Wis., seeking to get the establishment’s beer and liquor license renewed.
The complaint was filed July 10 in Douglas County Circuit Court by CCZ Campground, the company name under which Christopher Zoltak holds the liquor license, the Superior Telegram reported.
Last month, the Bennett Town Board decided not to renew the license. The move came after drugs and an illegal firearm were found at Wasko’s during a compliance check by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on April 23.
According to the civil complaint, one of the key reasons the board denied the license was that Zoltak was a habitual law offender. But that is untrue, the complaint states. The complaint also alleges there was inadequate notice and insufficient findings for the nonrenewal. The Bennett Town Board was given 20 days to respond to the complaint.
A special town board meeting to consider a request by CCZ Campgrounds Inc. for a temporary Class B liquor and beer license has been set for 6 p.m. Monday at the Bennett Town Hall, according to information received Thursday from Bennett Town Clerk Tamara Johnson.
Zoltak, 37, made an appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court earlier this week.
He is facing one felony count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and misdemeanor counts of possession of an illegally obtained prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges stem from the April compliance check. Zoltak pleaded not guilty to the felony charge, and his next court appearance was scheduled for Sept. 9.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Knutson told the board in June that during the April 23 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 Office to seek a warrant to pursue a more thorough search.
The 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.