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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Liquor License Hearing Rescheduled to NOV. 30

Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News  
                                                   November 23, 2011                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

The DMN e-News and an occasional hard copy DMN News are published by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) on an “as-needed” schedule.  The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association, Inc. has been working to unite neighbors to solve mutual problems and promote fellowship among neighbors since 1973.  Our neighborhood is in Madison & Fitchburg.
               President, Bob Hague,   218-1760
               News contact, Mary Mullen,  298-0843
               Website: <>   (temporarily out of order)
               On Facebook: <>
The articles in issue of the e-News covers just one subject, the proposed liquor store in the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood.  However, 2 picture collages feature the September 17 Apache Pond dedication and the October 26 DMNA Annual Meeting.  A third attachment takes the reader back to 1971 when naturalists Jim and Libby Zimmerman wrote about how to protect Dunn’s Marsh.

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Liquor License Application Hearing Moved to Nov. 30

The DMNA has learned that the cancelled November 9 meeting of the Alcohol License Review Committee has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 30 and that the public hearing on the application for a liquor license at 4611 Verona Road in Madison Plaza will be on that agenda.  
The location of the proposed liquor store is in the strip mall just behind the Mobil station where Dream Bikes used to be.
The rescheduled meeting was confirmed by Eric Christianson in the Madison City Clerk’s Office. In an e-mail to DMNA President Bob Hague, Christianson said:  “Mr. Hague,  There is no agenda yet, but the ALRC will meet to address items on the November 9 agenda. The meeting will be on November 30 at 5:30 in Room 201 of the City-County Building.”
The liquor license hearing was #6 on the agenda of the previous (cancelled) meeting  It was described as
Public Hearing - New License
Madison Oil LLC • dba Madison Oil
4611 Verona Road • Agent: Lakhvir Kaur
Class A Liquor & Class A Beer
Aldermanic District 10 (Alder Solomon) • Police Sector 104

To learn more about this application and the responses to it, go to <;mode=print>
Responses include 12 communications opposing the license and one suggesting that opposition “could be seen as racially motivated and stereotyped against women and their ethnicity.”
Both the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association and the Allied Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association oppose this license.
Alder Brian Solomon has also confirmed his opposition.  In a November 9 e-mail, Solomon said:  “Please let folks in DMNA know that Madison police are opposed, ADMNA and DMNA are both opposed, and I am opposed. I talked to Fitchburg police as well to see if they’d register a statement to that effect. I have no concerns about the owner / operator; only the location. But I do not believe it is a good fit and have told police, the applicant, and the Madison Alcohol Policy Coordinator the same.”

2 - Facts from the Liquor License Application

·     Application is for a Class A beer and liquor license.
·     Location is 4611 Verona Road, Madison Plaza mall.
·      The total space is 2,375 square feet/
·      will sell beer, wine, spirits, and packaged food
·      open 7 days a week, 9 a.m to 9 p.m.
·      bathrooms, storage in back, coolers & shelves in front of store, extra liquor stored in back
·      manager’s experience is managing a family gas station the past 2 years in a mall that also has a liquor store
·      Applicant is Lakhvir Kaur, Madison Oil LLC, address 1414 Starr Grass Dr., Madison, WI 53719,
·      Applicant claims there are no special conditions desired by the neighborhood. (Editor’s note:  At the time of the application, the applicant had not contacted the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association or held any informational meetings in the neighborhood. Since then, she has asked to appear at the next DMNA meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 7.  However, now the public hearing has been rescheduled to November 30, which is before the DMNA Council meeting.)
·      Target market would be the local neighborhood.
·      Plans are to put a big sign on both the front and side of the store.  (Editor’s note:  This location is on the end of the mall, so signs would face both Verona Road and Britta Parkway.)
·      Owner of building is FSGB, LLC, Madison Plaza, p. O. Box 724, Geneva, IL 60134, phone # 1-847-962-3414

3 - How to Make Your Opinion Known
Individuals who wish express their opinions about the proposed liquor license and liquor store have several options.
1.  Attend the public hearing and register in favor of or in opposition to the license.  Registrants may either choose to speak or simply register for or against the license.
The hearing is in Room 201 of the City County Building on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.
2. Contact one or more of these people:
Alder Brian Solomon, <> or <>  You can also write to Brian at 2148 West Lawn Avenue, Madison, WI 53711. His phone number is 608-446-1362.
Madison’s Alcohol Coordinator Mark Woulf,
Eric Christianson who is the staff person for the Alcohol License Review Committee (ALRC).   He will make your communication available to the whole committee.
Also given in the ALRC materials as the contact is Thomas Lund, <> .  He can be contacted at the City Clerk’s office, 266-4601.  Mr. Lund was the source of the detailed information first published to the neighborhood about this license application.
All the alders for the City of Madison since they will make the final decision:


4 – Check out the Photo Collages about Apache Pond, the DMNA Annual Meeting, and Protecting Dunn’s Marsh

Ready for a little “eye candy?”  Click on the attachments.

“col Apache Pond dedication.jpg” shows many colorful photos from the September 17, 2011 Apache Pond dedication event.  You’ll wish you had been there!

“col Zim article.jpg” is a trip to the past when neighbors protested the apartments going up at the foot of Red Arrow Trail.  It’s a picture of a Capital Times article from May 7, 1971.  See an air view of the southern part of the neighborhood from way back then.

“col DMNA AnMtg.jpg” shows scenes from the October 26, 2011 DMNA annual meeting.

These photo collages are small jpeg versions of the original Word documents.  Anyone who wants a version with better resolution can contact the news editor.  The Word versions are quite large.

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