By Lyn Jerde
PARDEEVILLE - Two years after Wild Bill's closed its doors for the last time, a new establishment is poised to take its place in downtown Pardeeville.
The Pardeeville Village Board gave unanimous approval Tuesday for a Class B liquor license and a cigarette license for the establishment at 139 N. Main St.
Its name, Saj's on Main, comes from the nickname of its owner, Kerry "Saj" Ohnesorge. Ohnesorge, of Mosinee, is the son of former Columbia County Sheriff Armin Ohnesorge.
Saj Ohnesorge's son, Mike, will be principal operator of what he envisions as "not a full-blown restaurant, but more of a sports bar" - complete with steaks and a Friday night fish fry.
Ohnesorge said he doesn't intend to market Saj's as the former proprietor, Bill Baker, marketed Wild Bill's, as a "biker-friendly" establishment.
Until it closed its doors in 2009, Wild Bill's was the site of an annual motorcycle ride, called Ride Down Cancer with Wild Bill, as well as a Christmastime collection of bicycles to give away to needy Pardeeville-area children. Bob Wentworth, who operates the neighboring Olde Chicago bar, has taken over the Christmas bike giveaway.
Extensive remodeling of the two-years-vacant building will be required to prepare for opening, Ohnesorge said. Saj's could be open by the end of November or early December, he said.
Budget: Cut, cut, cut
The Pardeeville Village Board Tuesday said little about the village's proposed 2012 budget, other than to set a hearing for 6:45 p.m. Nov. 15, just before the meeting where the board will consider the budget's final adoption.
But Public Works Director David Tracey said he'd describe the budget in three words: Cut, cut, cut.
"It's been reduced all across the board," he said.
The proposal calls for general fund expenditures of about $1.212 million, with revenues forecast at a little more than $1.325 million, with revenues exceeding expenditures by $113,128.
Tracey said that happened by cutting spending in the general fund to the tune of 12.4 percent compared to this year's budget.
An anticipated drop in state revenue-sharing was one impetus for cuts, he said. Also, the village's recent payoff of some of its debts allowed for the debt service portion of the budget to be reduced by more than 41 percent compared with this year, Tracey said.
Copies of the proposal are available for perusal at the Village Hall, 114 Lake St.
Tinkering with the budget before its adoption next month is likely, because the Village Board on Tuesday approved increasing the village's annual contribution to the Angie Williams Cox Library by $2,000, on the recommendation of Trustee Barry Pufahl.