DEVELOPING: Future of I.C. Willy's Bar Up in the Air

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

I.C. Willy's nightclub is in danger of losing its liquor license after being open for less than a year.

Tuesday evening, Wausau's Public Health and Safety Committee is deciding what to recommend to the city council.

It could take all evening for witnesses to testify, but the committee must make a decision tonight, because the council will vote tomorrow whether to renew owner Tom Nowell's license.

According to Wausau police, since Oct. 2009, officers have made 51 service calls to the establishment, located at 110 E. Kent Street.

Fourteen of them were noise complaints.

Police Chief Jeff Hardel recommended not to renew Nowell's license, saying it's because of management's inability to work with police and the neighborhood.

But Nowell's attorney argues that his client has made 16 improvements to his tavern, including adding security and joining the tavern league.

Plus since the bar is in a B3 commercially zoned area, noise is expected.

"In the city's own summary of what a B3 zoning is, says that many of these uses can generate a great deal of noise," said Ryan Lister.

He also argues that of the 51 calls to I.C. Willy's, several of them had nothing to do with violations there. One example Lister gave, was someone locking their keys in their vehicle and calling for police help.

This isn't the first time I.C. Willy's has had problems.

In February its liquor license was temporarily suspended for 15 days after the bar held an event featuring nude women...and then according to Chief Hardel, lied about it.

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