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Owner of proposed Meriden strip club files lawsuit against Jefferson County

March 29, 2011


— The owner of a proposed strip club is suing a northeast Kansas county that refused to give him a permit for the business.

Highway Four Properties sued Jefferson County and county commissioners, contending that the laws the commissioners cited in rejecting the permit are unconstitutional.

Attorney John Bullock, of Lawrence, filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of Highway Four Properties. Bullock is seeking a jury trial.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Jefferson County commissioners in February rejected a permit for Highway Four Properties. The business wanted to build a restaurant and bar with an attached private club featuring female nudity on the outskirts of Meriden. It would have been less than 1,000 feet from Jefferson West High School.


purplesage 7 years, 1 month ago

What a great client the barrister Bullock has in Snyder. Hundreds have turned out in opposition to this establishment. No welcome to the neighborhood; Zachary Snyder should get lost.

somedude20 7 years, 1 month ago

The bigger fight should be with the state who wants to close all strip clubs by midnight, not fully nude and no touching with a distance of 6 feet. If those new regulations pass, strip clubs will become a dying business

somedude20 7 years, 1 month ago

I don't really care for em as they are a waste of money but some people do like it. What bothers me more is the Govt. (who say that want to stay out of our lives) making more regulations on small business owners in a troubled economy.

Cai 7 years, 1 month ago

Just because you don't agree with strip clubs doesn't mean that they should be closed for everyone.

Kill the business, drive it underground. Here's a hint - that's not going to work out very well from a human rights stance. Not to mention a capitalistic one.

jhawkinsf 7 years, 1 month ago

If memory serves, this particular strip club would share a property line with a school. Just move the club a couple of hundred feet away and then see if there is as much opposition.

easyliving 7 years, 1 month ago

The people can scream and cry about "where" the club is located all they want. There are no zoning laws in Jefferson County that state a business like this can not open near a school, church or a feedlot.

I believe that is the main reason for the lawsuit. They said "no" without anything to back them but a few angry citizens.

werekoala 7 years, 1 month ago

Dontcha just love to watch the "small government conservatives" flip-flop when it's their oxes getting gored?

NewsFlash: There are like five true small government conservatives in Kansas. The rest are just big government conservatives, like Bush, Reagan, etc. They are just fine with ballooning national debts and intrusive government, so long as it supports their pet causes.

mizzou_fan01 7 years, 1 month ago

im just curious what exactly is family values cause it seem to come up when they try to regulate adult business and such? and does it really matter how close a strip club is to a school. i mean u probably can see more skin and action on tv and even more on the internet, and besides its not like u can really tell whats going on in the club since they have most of the windows block off from public view. and why is property value so important?

LoveThsLife 7 years, 1 month ago

When you own your own home you'll understand why property value is important.

mizzou_fan01 7 years, 1 month ago

thats a bad assumption to think i dont own property, but even if i did or dont . it didn't help me understand whats the important of it. in my case i dont care about it, just as long i got a roof over my head

LoveThsLife 7 years, 1 month ago

Oh how long as you have a roof over your head.

What about owing more on your home than it's actually worth?

What happens when you have to move and try to sell your home?

Do you really want the headache of trying to sell a home that is difficult to sell due to what's around it?

Do you really want to owe the bank more on your mortgage even after the home is sold because the value fell? A scenario like that would make it difficult to purchase another home or be a potential hardship on you and your family if you were to relocate due to a job?

That's what home owners have to deal with...

I'm pretty sure you don't own property, because property owners already understand these harsh realities of home ownership.

Nikki Kessler Pickens 7 years, 1 month ago

How often will the club be open at the same time as the school? I am not saying that I am for the club or against it, doesnt affect me either way, but I am thinking about how much money would be brought into JeffCo. And, uhm...if you don't like something, just stay away from it.

Kontum1972 7 years, 1 month ago

people do have to it and they will come....

nomorebobsplease 7 years, 1 month ago

How often will the club be open at the same time as the school? For every sporting event held in the evening (volleyball, basketball, football, etc). School dances. Recitals (Choir, band), Parent-Teacher conferences, fund raisers, plays, etc. I have no problem with strip clubs in general, but I do think that there would be some concern about the clientele coming and going while stuff was going on at the school - just the overlap. I'd say that the builder might have put a little more thought into the suggested location....

Bug 7 years, 1 month ago

According to the lawsuit, the Jeff Co planning office told the builder where to put the club. Sounds to me like someone in the planning office needs to be fired.

Crazy_Larry 7 years, 1 month ago

Bunch of loud mouthed do-gooders....Legalize it!

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this." -Albert Einstein

1stunner 7 years, 1 month ago

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1stunner 7 years, 1 month ago

Ok let me get this straight.....So any ole idiot can just open any kind of business they want in a town right next to a middle school, a high school, and one of the most dangerous roads in Kansas, without any disregard for the safety and moral values of the people who pay the taxes in that community??? It has been obvious that the People in this (and surrounding) communities are against the location of this sexually oriented business, and now said idiot is suing the very community that he is going to rely on to maintain his business......WOW that sounds like an awesome business strategy. Maybe I will open a strip club In your backyard, that way I can sue your county, city subdivision etc, and put your tax money to good use. Snyder, you are an ugly human being, and a major reason why our State (and country in general) is in the toilet.....Lets all sue somebody, becuse we are too stupid and lazy to make an honest living......What a joke!

1stunner 7 years, 1 month ago

Are you really that dense........Who do you think pays the goverment???? WE DO!!!!! Snyder is Suing all the people of Jefferson County.

ferrislives 7 years, 1 month ago

I have to disagree Liberty_One. If Comcast got sued and lost, they'd pass their losses right on to you, their customer. In the same way that if gas prices rise, it affects groceries and all other goods transported in. That's just he way the business world works, and local government is no different.

If Jeff County lost, and they lost a bunch of money, that money from their budget would need to be replenished. And guess who would see their taxes and/or fees rise? The community.

volunteer 7 years, 1 month ago

"According to the lawsuit?" Just because a plaintiff's petition says it's so doesn't mean it's so.

BigPrune 7 years, 1 month ago

All the county would have to do is require the stripper girls to not have any tattoos or have any foul body odor whatsoever, and this guy would have to withdraw his lawsuit (because he wouldn't be able to find any stripper girls to work at his place).

greenworld 7 years, 1 month ago

Why the need to put it in town?? Most the strip clubs I know of are almost always outside of town and there is a reason for it with the exception of a few. I remember back when the Naughty but Nice place got a permit to open and then the city came back in on it when it came to renewing it and wouldnt renew it and the place had to shut down. Im just thinking that the strip club owner and the city could meet in the middle and adjust to having it a couple miles out of town. So the real question at this point in time is the city against the strip club totally or just where they want to put it?? It sounds like to me that they are going to fight it no matter where it is put. I think the old eagles lodge in oskie which is just a little bit out of town up on the hill is closed down. Why not go after it?? Oskie has all types living there as it is and is filled with scumbags so im sure that would pass in the city with flying colors.

Bug 7 years, 1 month ago

It's not in town, it's north of town which is why the request was heard by the County Commission and not the City of Meriden. The lawsuit says that county commissioners said they would not allow this club to open anywhere in Jefferson County, which is against federal law.

The question in my mind is why doesn't Jefferson County have code preventing this??? They recently revamped their zoning codes and there is nothing prohibiting s.o.b.'s from opening near schools, churches, etc. They should have read Douglas County code and modeled their restrictions off of that. As is, they left themselves without a legal leg to stand on.

LoveThsLife 7 years, 1 month ago

True the Jefferson County Commission hasn't been very smart with this.

I don't even know why they approved his initial proposal in the first place.

Initially Snyder had applied to have a sports bar on the premises from what I understand.

It seems just as dopey to have a sports bar near a school as it does to have a strip club near a school.

Bug 7 years, 1 month ago

The Planning director and a former Planning commissioner both said during one of the meetings that they were told from the beginning that this would be a strip club. I smell revisionist history in the making. Someone is engaging in a little "c.y.a." now that the public is outraged.

The really funny thing about this is that this building was a VFW bar for YEARS and there was never any concern or issues about that. But until Jeff Co gets their act together and comes up with a REAL zoning code, there is nothing to stop this.

somedude20 7 years, 1 month ago

The strip club could be considered "continuing education" like a tech school because a lot of the girls that drop out, don't go to college or just want some quick cash will be working there. Maybe folks should be happy that the SC is next to the school so that some of the girls won't become lost on their way for jobs(and they can look at it every day and dream on the way to class about their bright future)

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