Should Grain Elevator Fate be Decided by Referendum?

Should voters in Sturgeon Bay be able to weigh in on the fate of the old grain elevator as part of a referendum in November? That idea was floated by Mayor Thad Birmingham during Tuesday’s city council meeting. It was quickly shot down by council-members who are heavily invested in the idea of rehabbing the more than 100 year old building. In fact, there are some who would like to see the old structure back at its home on the westside waterfront, rather than its current location near 1st Avenue. However, that would put the grain elevator, owned privately, on city property after another trek across the Maple/Oregon Street Bridge. The Mayor said he brought up the matter after residents complained about the structure.

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