Council to consider Quaerna liquor license

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
— The Janesville City Council on April 28 will consider granting a liquor license to Michael Quaerna so he can buy Quaerna’s Tavern.

The matter was tabled Monday so council members could view Quaerna’s criminal history.

Michael Quaerna’s mother, Jacquiline, now owns the business at 214 W. Milwaukee St. She wants to retire but keep the business in the family.

The alcohol license advisory committee recommended against giving Michael a license because of a pattern of irresponsible behavior, ALAC Chairman and Councilman Paul Williams told council members at Monday’s meeting.

Councilman Bill Truman, however, made a plea for the family, saying he has known members for a long time. He said the business has been in the family at the same location since 1933.

“I know Mike’s been in trouble in the past,” Truman said.

He asked how often police have responded to the bar itself, and was told by Police Chief Neil Mahan that the number of calls is low.

Truman said the council could grant the license but pull it if there is trouble.

Williams, however, said revoking a license is a long and expensive process.

Williams said that the last time Michael appeared before the ALAC, committee members noted that he possibly had some anger management problems. Michael slammed the council chamber doors as he was leaving, Williams said.

Jacquiline also confirmed that she at one point had a restraining order against her son.

Continuing a family business is well and good, Williams said, but added, “We also have to look out for the city of Janesville when we issue these alcohol licenses.”

Councilman Russ Steeber asked to table the request until the council could review Michael’s criminal history.

Williams was the sole no vote.

Last updated: 8:57 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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