City commissioners took the first step Tuesday toward revoking the drinking establishment license of a controversial North Lawrence bar.
Commissioners unanimously voted to order city staffers to prepare a report on the number and nature of police calls at Club 508, 508 Locust St. Preparation of the report precedes the possible setting of a hearing to revoke the license.
"Before we set that hearing date, we need to make sure the licensee knows what the accusation is and what the evidence is to back it up," Assistant City Manager Dave Corliss said.
The commission's action came a week after North Lawrence residents protested renewal of the club's license and days after a patron reported being stabbed at the bar.
Tuesday, residents repeated their complaints that the bar's patrons are loud, unruly and destructive to neighborhood property. "It's just a nightmare," said Kelly Boyle-Wolfe, a neighborhood resident.
Jesse Del Campo, who runs the club, said he had hired employees to clean after patrons, and has signs encouraging customers to treat the neighborhood with respect.
"I think we're doing a good job," he said.
During a similar controversy in 1999, Del Campo agreed to take strict measures including limiting the number of times a patron could enter, and hiring private security at the bar, known then as Los Amigos. He said Tuesday that he has complied with the agreement.
Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin said it will take about three weeks to prepare the report.