Discussion on Potawatomi Tower Tear Down Continues

While efforts get closer to the goal of funding a replacement for the Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park, decisions on how or if to replace the observation tower at Potawatomi State Park have yet to be determined. State Representative Joel Kitchens says, one thing is certain, the Department of Natural Resources says the popular tower at the southern Door County park has got to … Continue reading

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Sturgeon Bay Council Moves PRAT Process Forward

The Sturgeon Bay City Council has again endorsed the idea of a Premier Resort Area Tax to help pay for street improvements. On a unanimous vote, council members essentially set in motion the effort to get the half a cent sales tax approved on the state level. During discussion, City Administrator Josh VanLieshout explained what the council vote will trigger… The idea of implementing the … Continue reading

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Potawatomi Tower Shutdown a Surprise to Many

The decision by the Department of Natural Resources to shut down the observation tower at Potawatomi State Park came as a surprise to many people, according to State Representative Joel Kitchens… Kitchens says it will be much more difficult for supporters of the Potawatomi tower to raise the funds needed to replace it… A public meeting on Tuesday, May 1st at Stone Harbor Resort in … Continue reading

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Kitchens to Hold Round Table Discussion With Superintendents

State Representative Joel Kitchens has scheduled a meeting with superintendents from school districts in the first assembly district for Friday morning. The round table discussion in the Sturgeon Bay school board meeting room is expected to take about an hour. The Sturgeon Bay assemblyman plans to discuss issues ranging from sparsity aids and referendums to school safety and the blue ribbon commission on school funding. … Continue reading

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Manure Spreading Rule Changes a Big Leap Forward

Action taken by the state natural resources board to approve a rule regulating manure spreading procedures in areas like Door and Kewaunee Counties and northeast Wisconsin is being called a huge leap forward. State Representative Joel Kitchens says the rule changes are something that people have been advocating for for years… Kitchens says the current rules were clearly not working, but believes the changes will … Continue reading

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Kitchens Announces in District Listening Sessions

State Representative Joel Kitchens has announced that a series of listening sessions have been scheduled throughout the first district in October. The sessions will be held on Monday, October 16th at Algoma City Hall, from 3 to 4:30PM, Saturday, October 21st, at the Door County Library, from 10 to 11:30AM, in the library’s Jane Greene Room in Sturgeon Bay, at Nelson’s Hall on Washington Island, … Continue reading

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Kitchens Says Referendum Changes Will Not Hurt Schools

Language inserted into the state budget related to school referendums will not unduly restrict school districts from going to the voters for additional funding. That’s the assessment of State Representative Joel Kitchens. Kitchen acknowledges the initial proposals put many more obstacles in place for school boards contemplating the referendum route… According to Kitchens, the referendum changes submitted as part of the budget are not in … Continue reading

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Kitchens Says Proposed New Manure Management Rules a Good Start

State Representative Joel Kitchens says proposed new manure management rules for the 15 counties in the karst-geo region are a good beginning in the effort to protect groundwater. The region includes Kewaunee, Door and Brown counties. Kitchens says the new rules are something he’s been pushing for ever since he ran for office the first time. He says, in talking to first district residents, he … Continue reading

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Kitchens Working to Pass Clean Water Access Bill

State Representative Joel Kitchens says he was pleased to see that the state senate committee on natural resources voted unanimously in favor of a bill related to local assistance for remediating contaminated wells and failing wastewater systems and award limits for contaminated well grants. The Sturgeon Bay Republican is working with State Senator Rob Cowles on the legislation. He says the bill will provide relief … Continue reading

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State Budget Recommendations Could Benefit Door County

As Wisconsin’s joint finance committee continues work on a new two-year state budget, several of its recommendations, if retained, will benefit Door County. State Representative Joel Kitchens says he is pleased to see the committee has agreed to allocate funding for building the Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park. Kitchens and State Senator Frank Lasee had asked that half the cost of the project be … Continue reading

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