The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society has responded to the action taken Tuesday by the city council to award a bid to disassemble the 116-year old waterfront granary. In a short letter, the organization says it supports the Wisconsin Historical Society in its efforts to negotiate with the city over the fate of the old structure. The state historical society has asked for a date to begin the negotiations. However, at a previous meeting, a majority on the council opted not to do so, citing the fire chief’s demolition order and a timetable to get the job completed. The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society is also encouraging residents to see the value of protecting what it calls irreplaceable assets because, “once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.” Meanwhile, the organization has petitioned the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services contending that Fire Chief Tim Dietman did not have the authority to issue a raze order for the grain elevator. The group claims that the agency’s statutory authority has been manipulated to fulfill a local political agenda.
To view the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society’s letter click the link below
Response to Demolition Vote_1.16.2018