'Visions is going to stay here': Nightclub owner continues lawsuit against alder

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MADISON, Wis. - The owner of Visions Nightclub held a press conference Monday about their pending lawsuit against a Madison alder.

The owner, Tom Reichenberger, is suing District 15 Alder David Ahrens for libel and slander after he created a petition to revoke the club's liquor license.

Four people have been arrested in connection with a shooting at the nightclub in December that left multiple people injured. Since the shooting, Ahrens wrote a blog post asking residents to sign a petition to revoke Visions Nightclub's liquor license.

"This has been the city's view for some time that this is a place that is regularly in violation of the liquor license statutes," Ahrens said after the news conference Monday. "Hundreds of people signed a petition for this place to lose its liquor license and they want to throw a blanket on that to shut people up."

Reichenberger claims that Ahrens made false claims about the nightclub, including accusations of prostitution and drug arrests. He said he would be willing to listen to a less drastic solution, such as moving the nightclub to a new location.

"I've tried to relocate -- and that's the answer here -- for the city to relocate me. I'd be be listening to that," Reichenberger said. "'Til then, Visions is going to stay here. We'll be a nice little nightclub."

The nightclub's attorney, Jeff Scott Olson, sent a statutory notice of claim to Ahrens and City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl Thursday. This is the first step in filing a lawsuit against a city official.

The city has 120 days to respond to the nightclub's notice of claim from when it was filed.