Skip to comments.Swinger's club draws opposition
Posted on 12/19/2005 6:16:18 PM PST by SJackson
New Haven's lawyer says a fight with the adult club could be tough and expensive A "swingers" club opened in New Haven Township despite a new ordinance attempting to regulate adult-oriented entertainment in the rural township.
The town board members and residents expressed disapproval and tried unsuccessfully to discuss the new club with one of its owners at the board's regular meeting Thursday night.
Michael J. Bennin, who along with David Holman are listed as owners of the facility called Club WetSpot, refused to answer questions at the public meeting. He said his attorney, Jeff Scott Olson, was unavailable and several times responded to questions about the business by saying he could not answer questions without his attorney present.
He did say his attorney said the club doesn't fit under the town's ordinance. That ordinance was adopted by the town in September, before the club opened.
The club is listed on the Web site of NASCA, an organization for those who enjoy the "swinging" lifestyle. In a question and answer section on that group's Web site the lifestyle is described as primarily for couples who enjoy sex with those who are not their partners. That can be either with a single person or with groups. It notes that single men and women can attend.
On the local club's Web site, it says that single men need a sponsor for admission. Single women and couples apparently don't. The Web site indicates that people attending should bring their own liquor, but the club supplies mixers.
Town Chairman Bob Krause said he visited with Bennin at the club last week and gave him a copy of the ordinance. At that time Bennin claimed to be unaware of the ordinance, Krause said.
The club, located on Gillette Drive in Adams County, is on the site of a former recycling center. Krause said the property sold for $100,000 and the 12,000 square foot building on it has been partially remodeled for the new club. The club is in about 4,500 square feet within the building. A two-story structure has been constructed within the building, bathrooms have been added, heating added and rewiring, Krause said.
No building permits have been issued for the structure, and they are required by Adams County. Krause also said no well or septic permits have been issued. He said the club relies on a holding tank, but another person at the meeting said he thought new septic tanks had been installed.
The county has not inspected the place, Krause said, because it does not have a certified commercial building inspector. The county's building inspectors are certified for home inspections, he said, and did not want to inspect the commercial site fearing a lawsuit.
The county's zoning administrator was not available for comment Friday.
The town's attorney, Eric J. Pollex said businesses like these are designed to get around ordinances. He also indicated that the club's attorney, Olson, travels the country defending adult-oriented establishments.
"It's (the ordinance) is crystal clear that it applies to strip club and applies to any adult-oriented business," said Pollex, who wrote the ordinance.
Krause said ordinances like New Haven's are difficult to enforce, because the clubs claim they impinge on 1st Amendment rights to free speech.
Pollex said quietly when Krause finished speaking, "if not done right."
"This will be a big fight and it's going to be tough," Pollex told the board. He said he did not agree that the club was "outside the box" set up by the ordinance. The downside of fighting the club's operation would be that if the town loses it would have to pay the club's attorney fees, he said. That could be as high as $500 per hour and could reach $600,000 or more.
Becky and Ken Hutchinson, who live next door to the club and have two children, said, "We don't need this." Becky Hutchinson said the club has a lot of traffic and patrons come out and "talk trash" that can be heard by the children. The Hutchinsons' home is about 30 feet from the club, which has put up a fence.
Ken Hutchinson said that during construction, he was approached and asked if his well could be used. He agreed and was given $100. He understood that the use would only be during construction, but the well continues to be used.
Pollex asked Hutchinson to call him to discuss that situation in private.
Pollex also said he would call or meet with the club's attorney and notify the board of the results of that meeting. He did advise the board to put the subject on its next meeting agenda. That meeting is scheduled for Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.
The NASCA Web site lists seven other clubs in Wisconsin in Kenosha, Oshkosh, Janesville, Madison, Merrillan and Milwaukee.
No, I don't think this is a funny topic. Maybe you do but then your name says it all.
Caucasus island was a place mentioned on the Montel Show where abducted young women are kept. Is that funny to you too? Sicko
LOL.....Wow that's horrible !.....you ahhh have a map ?
You know when it starts raining this hard it's time to get some shut-eye. Goodnight all. We live in the land of the free and the brave. Merry Christmas.
On every thread you are, insinuating that nonsense. Sex slavery and the human trade in general are serious subjects but you see a conspiracy to traffic in humans EVERYWHERE and thus you attack ad hominem anyone who defends property or privacy rights as somehow being in favor of or aiding sex slavery.
You are bizarre.
"You are bizarre",
said Satan with his fork tongue.
Hola, bug chaser.
I wish I had a dollar for every time that bizarre person has been suspended for being so . . . well . . . bizarre.
Nope, it's a business. Not a private home, stable, or outhouse, where such activites should be taking place. Plus the fact that the owners of this crap are partners with or hiring someone who tours the country supporting their practice of setting up shop in small towns. Going against the town laws, and then suing, so the small town can't afford to fight them.
If they want it private, keep it in someone's house, stable, or outhouse, where it belongs.
Private swinging between freaks is not my business but if they neighborhood doesn't want it then so be it.
We have titty bars, adult books, queer wanker booth-joints, massage parlors, turkish baths, private dancers.....and Swingers clubs of all types within the same zoning overlay here in nashville....basically in a ring around downtown
and a new Hustler store too..
... and then you woke up.
probably a good use for a recycling center. LOL.
You just described MrMeans bizarre narcissis mind.
You don't have the mental horsepower to understand.
Oh Dam*, been there and bought the tee shirt.
Can's will be harder to smash no doubt......
I think genetically it's 'better' to swing with somone as far out of your gene pool as possible. So the answer is the second cousin.
lol...i thought that they showed up smashed.
I was waiting to see how many posts before somebody mentioned it was on a former "recycling center" spot.
41 posts before somebody mentioned that!
Incredible--and funny on both counts.
In case you don't know what "swingers" are, here's an informative article, Swingers: Couples sway away from monogamy and discover sometimes more really is sexier. Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005
From the article:
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