8 February 2018 News
A court blocks an exotic dance club from operating in Winnebago County. Green Valley Investments LLC opened Stars Cabaret in 2006 in the Town of Neenah. The establishment didn’t follow a county ordinance establishing that strip clubs be setback from residential areas, obtain a permit and can’t serve alcohol. A federal court found the permit requirement unconstitutional but upheld the setback and no-alcohol provisions. Green Valley argued to the state 2nd District Court of Appeals that the entire ordinance is unconstitutional. The court ruled Wednesday the ordinance states if one provision is struck down the rest still apply, the club knowingly opened in violation and the company has no right to continue operating the establishment. Company attorney Jeff Scott Olson says he’s considering appealing to the state Supreme Court.
The union at Fond du Lac based Mercury Marine has a new contract. According to a company press release the new contract runs through August 2023. Details of the agreement, including wage and benefit increases were not made public. Mercury Marine President, John Pfeifer, says both the company and the IAMAW worked closely to put together an agreement that will benefit both the employees and the company now and in the future. Mercury Marine employs nearly 3,200 people at its global headquarters in Fond du Lac and more than 6,000 worldwide.
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is banning young visitors and at least one Milwaukee school is closing due to the flu outbreak that has ravaged the country. The suburban Milwaukee hospital is not allowing children under 12 to visit patients beginning today to prevent the flu from spreading. That doesn’t include clinic appointments. Mother of Good Counsel School in Milwaukee says it will be closed for the remainder of the week due to an increasing number of sick students and staff. School officials say 30 percent of students were absent on Tuesday.
Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Harley-Davidson is recalling over 250,000 motorcycles worldwide because the brakes might fail. Documents posted Wednesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say the recall covers more than 30 models from the 2008 through 2011 model years. Harley says deposits can form on brake parts if the fluid isn’t changed every two years as specified in the owner’s manual. That can cause a valve in the antilock brake control unit to stick. The U.S. agency began investigating problems in July of 2016 after getting 43 complaints including three reports of crashes and two injuries. Documents show Harley wanted to do a field service campaign instead of a recall, but the government refused. The company says it cooperated with NHTSA and began a thorough evaluation of the issue. “Complex, ongoing discussions regarding what was ultimately identified as a maintenance issue continued with the agency through January 2018,” Harley-Davidson said in a printed statement. The recall covers nearly 175,000 motorcycles in the U.S.