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Retlaw Squares Debt With The City

26-Jun-2013

North Main Hospitality, the owners of the Retlaw Hotel, paid the more than $39,000 they owed the City of Fond du Lac now it’s up to the City Council to see whether their liquor license will be renewed. Their license is one of 13 the Council will consider for renewal tonight. City Council President Sam Meyer had literally just received word on the payment when we caught up with him. Councilman Dan Manning says without that payment he wouldn’t have considered voting for renewal of the license. Councilman Rob Vande Zande he’s still going to want updates on the hotel’s financial obligations to the City from this point forward. Vande Zande says he’s still not sure whether he will vote for renewal of the hotel’s liquor license.

Comments 13
John Galt commented on 26-Jun-2013 06:56 AM5 out of 5 stars
Uh oh.... Commonwealth is not going to be happy about this. They had the wrecking ball ready to go. Oh well, they'll have to settle for destroying just the WELLS building for now.
Anonymous commented on 26-Jun-2013 07:06 AM3 out of 5 stars
I have no ties to Commonwealth, but I'm not sure why their are people that are against them. Look at the amount of property that they have improved in Fond du Lac. It is all property that is on the tax role. You don't hear about them not paying their bills. My hat is off to them for improving our city.
Anonymous commented on 26-Jun-2013 07:22 AM3 out of 5 stars
Well John Galt, the Wells building has been an eyesore for years. Would you prefer it sat vacant for years? It will be partially demolished and the rest renovated.
Anonymous commented on 26-Jun-2013 09:34 AM3 out of 5 stars
Maybe Galt can go back and live in the prehistoric era where only certain people have all the power. The hate for Commonwealth is mainly coming from local slumlords.
another anonymous commented on 26-Jun-2013 10:23 AM3 out of 5 stars
Lets not be too angry with John Galt. I am sure he is just trying to figure out if Commonwealth is the only financially successful visionary in Fond du Lac or do all of the property and projects just coincidentally happen to be falling into the lap of the president of the downtown club.
Anonymous commented on 26-Jun-2013 08:44 PM3 out of 5 stars
Commonwealth has taken chances on projects and come out successful through hardwork and perseverance. Commonwealth is successful, not only in Fond du Lac but in other communities in several States. I would like to see somebody post on here a legitamate argument as to how Commonwealth is so bad for the community, and if you are another landlord have big enough shoulders to point that out. I Just don't understand the negativity?? Please use good grammar too, nothing worse than spending too much time reading because people don't know where commas belong. One more thing, get THEIR and THERE straight for crying out loud. If you can't your argument is automatically disqualified. Same goes with WHERE, WERE & WEAR.
Anonymous commented on 27-Jun-2013 01:27 PM3 out of 5 stars
Seriously people. I don't know why you have a problem with Commonwealth! They take ugly properties and turn them into nice apartment complex's. If you have such a problem then you buy the property and make it look nice. You people are the first to complain but want to do nothing about it. Quit complaining and look for the positives. If you have a problem with Commonwealth, state it so it can be addressed properly. provide FACTS not just rants!
Anonymous commented on 27-Jun-2013 07:23 PM3 out of 5 stars
Main Street has already been destroyed by closing Hwy 41 access and diverting traffic via the bypass and 41. Now we want to drive out whatever business is left, and there's not much left. I don't even want to mention the historic Main Street properties that are in shambles because our Council would prefer to turn their head. But hey, let's get that $39K, that's what's important here.
Anonymous commented on 27-Jun-2013 09:31 PM3 out of 5 stars
How many more empty buildings does main street need? At the rate it is going 50% empty looms real soon.
Anonymous commented on 27-Jun-2013 10:32 PM3 out of 5 stars
Wouldn't doubt that the Retlaw was being eyed up for yet more low income housing. Is this the direction we really want Fond du Lac to go? How many tax dollars do you think you get on your back to fund the additional school, police and fire department personnel for a population who does not support it financially? There will constantly be a deficit and inability to grow our infrastructure. Take a look around, I think people are becoming so tapped out from taxes, gas, etc. that they can't take care of their properties the way they used to. Fondy just doesn't look the way it used to.
Anonymous commented on 27-Jun-2013 11:48 PM3 out of 5 stars
More and more of the long time FDL working class are
becoming the working poor.They qualify for low income housing. Some would prefer they live in the outdated, poor quality housing available from the local slumlords.
Anonymous commented on 28-Jun-2013 09:34 AM3 out of 5 stars
Why don't people on here do some research before shooting their mouths off. Commonwealth properties are not low income properties. The rent is BASED on income.
Anonymous commented on 28-Jun-2013 11:25 AM3 out of 5 stars
Commonwealth doesn't do HUD. Contrary to local "knowledge", they don't have Milwaukee/Chicago welfare people shipped here.

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