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Adult business owner sues city of Meriden

by Dennis Sharkey

Highway Four Properties LLC, owners of Oasis Saloon, have filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court seeking damages.Oasis Saloon is located at 8023 K-4 Highway just north of the Meriden city limits.

The saloon and its operator, Zach Snyder, got into a lengthy court battle with Jefferson County that resulted in a lawsuit being filed in federal court by Snyder. Both sides settled outside of court but the end result was new regulations for sexually oriented businesses and thousands of dollars in attorney fees for the county.

Now Snyder is turning his attention on the city of Meriden and a sewer lift station that was constructed on the club’s property.

The city obtained an easement for an underground sewer line in 2005 according to court documents but was never authorized to build a lift station or a chain link fence that surrounds the station.

Before Snyder went into litigation with the county he had contended that the property that the club is located on is part of the city of Meriden. A city ordinance states that anywhere a city-owned sewer line is located that property must be annexed into the city. However the city of Meriden has denied the property annexation.

The court documents state that the city went beyond the scope of what was granted without seeking permission from the property’s previous owners. Snyder purchased the property in 2010.

In the court documents Highway Four Properties asks for $75,000 in damages plus court costs and attorney fees.

The papers state that the lift station is preventing an additional 24 parking stalls from being utilized.

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