Village President Considering Options for Troubled Bar
Nov 04, 2014 03:35PM ● Published by Steven Jack
The Crazy Bull Grill and Saloon has been the scene for two recent episodes of violence, and now Village President Brian LeClercq is weighing his options for the establishment.
Oswego Village President Brian LeClercq said it could be a matter of days before a decision is made about the fate of the Crazy Bull Grill & Saloon near the intersection of Routes 71 and 34.
LeClercq, who is also the village’s liquor commissioner, wouldn’t detail his plan for the business’ liquor license after two recent violent incidents, but he said there will be consequences.
“We are looking into all of our options,” LeClercq said. “We welcome all kinds of businesses in Oswego, but this is not commensurate with what I would expect from a good business in town.”
The first incident at the bar occurred in early October when a member of the security staff was stabbed with a broken bottle during a fight.
The most recent incident occurred Thursday night when Oswego Police were called to the bar for a report of multiple gunshots fired during an altercation outside the bar. No one was injured during the shooting, but Oswego Police Capt. Jeff Burgner said he believes the violence likely was gang-related.
Burgner said the department has worked with the bar’s owner and management to mitigate violence in the hopes that the business could operate safely. However, LeClercq said the continued problems are a “major concern.”
“I’m very disappointed by what’s been happening there,” LeClercq said. “When something goes wrong at a business, we ask them to take corrective actions and give them some guidelines. If they don’t follow what we’ve set out for them, then we have to look seriously at taking our own corrective actions.”
Those actions could vary from a fine to suspending or ultimately revoking the bar’s liquor license, LeClercq said.
The process for penalizing a holder of an Oswego liquor license includes a hearing before LeClercq, who would then decide the penalty. If the license holder should appeal that decision, the matter would go before the village’s Liquor Commission, which is made up of members of the Village Board, LeClercq said.
Many Oswego residents have expressed their desire for the business to close with many saying the proximity to Oswego High School and the Eastview Kindergarten Center makes the recent violence even more troubling.
LeClercq agreed that the location is a concern.
“This is a worry that this is happening so close to the schools,” he said. “I’ve heard some people say ‘Well, all this is happening after school hours.’ I guess I’d say ‘What about after-school activities that are taking place when the bar is open?’”
LeClercq said he will spend the next few days consulting with the village's attorney to determine next steps.