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Lake Lawn Resort pays $20,200 in city bills

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ANN MARIE AMES
June 22, 2010
— Lake Lawn Resort has paid off the bills that stood between the resort and its liquor license.

Resort officials on Friday paid $20,200 to the city of Delavan, Treasurer Jennifer Wiese said.


“They are paid in full,” Wiese said.


The Delavan City Council on June 8 voted to deny Lake Lawn its liquor license, which is due to be renewed at the end of the month.


The council did so because city ordinances prevent the renewal of licenses if a business owes the city money.


The council June 8 denied Lake Lawn’s license renewal as well as the renewals for half a dozen other businesses in the city.


A hearing still is scheduled for Tuesday, June 29. The hearing was scheduled so Lake Lawn officials could defend the business. The hearing probably will be opened as a formality, City Administrator Joe Salitros said.


The $20,200 paid Friday was a portion of what the city has billed Lake Lawn for professional services per the 2005 developers agreement between the two.


The costs were accrued in the last 11 months, Salitros said.


The majority of the bills were for engineering fees the city incurred related to construction of water and sewer mains on Lake Lawn property, Salitros said. Some were attorney fees, Wiese said.


The city also billed interest for over-due payments, Salitros said.


Last summer, the city council denied Lake Lawn’s liquor license renewal application in early June because the resort owed more than $80,000 in cost-recovery fees.


Lake Lawn paid the bill shortly before last year’s scheduled hearing.


This isn’t the only money Lake Lawn owes the city and other taxing entities. Delavan Resort Holdings, the owners of Lake Lawn Resort, owes more than $1.3 million in property taxes to the Walworth County Treasurer’s Office, according to online records.


The county collects and disburses property taxes to all municipalities, including school districts and technical colleges, for example. The county pays the municipalities what is owed, whether or not the tax bill is paid.


That is why city attorney Steven Koch didn’t advise the council to include property taxes in the list of money owed when reviewing liquor licenses.



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