By Branden Ferguson, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
CELINA, OHIO -
At Celina's council of a whole meeting on Monday, the transfer of a D-5 liquor license was discussed for Club Oasis (Main Street, Celina). Former owner, Chris Wendel was in attendance, as well as Chad Schmitmeyer who is looking to start his own business and change the face of the current facility.
If the liquor license is transferred over, Schmitmeyer plans to call his business "Boots & Bourbon," serving a small amount of food (wings, pizza, etc.) and playing country music. He hopes to bring in an older crowd, and avoid the hassle of underage drinking and police calls like Club Oasis dealt with.
Council has concerns that the Club Oasis building will revert to what it was, which included hundreds of calls to the Celina Police Department. According to police records, 207 calls were made in 2005, 86 calls in 2006, 74 calls in 2007, 259 calls in 2008, and 144 calls in 2009. The club was closed voluntarily in 2010.
Former owner, Chris Wendel, understands his past, as owner of Club Oasis, but wants to get rid of the building and clear his name. Wendel and Schmitmeyer have yet to draft and sign a contract, as they're waiting for council's approval on the liquor license transfer. Council started that process Monday night, adding it to council's agenda and passing the first of three readings.