I want to share with the campus and our external stakeholders some wonderful news: On Monday night the Menomonie City Council voted to give notice to the owners of the downtown Rehab tavern that it intended to not renew the tavern’s beer and liquor licenses when they are up for renewal next month.
I want to personally thank Mayor Randy Knaack and the entire council for announcing this plan, and I pledge to do whatever is necessary to help ensure that the licenses are not renewed. I expect that the Rehab will request a hearing to contest the denial of its licenses, and I will make sure that our position is explained in detail to the council at that time.
As readers of this blog are aware, in April I raised the issue of the Rehab encouraging underage drinking in its tavern after police issued in excess of 50 citations to patrons for drinking violations. This type of behavior by a business cannot be tolerated at a time when we are implementing a plan at UW-Stout to combat high-risk drinking. There is only so much we can do without the help of the community in this effort.
While much work remains, Monday’s decision by the City Council is an important statement that the community is willing to join with UW-Stout to combat high-risk drinking.
The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram story on the City Council meeting can be found here.