Sturgeon Bay Resolutions Assist Economic Recovery

In a recent statement from Sturgeon Bay City Administrator Josh Van Lieshout, he gives further details from last Tuesday’s Common Council meeting concerning two resolutions passed to help with the local economic recovery. One resolution waives the permit fee for sidewalk cafes in the city. Lieshout explains that budgeted revenues from these permits are about $1,500 and would not make a substantial impact on the … Continue reading

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Jacque Not Confident in PRAT Legislation for Sturgeon Bay

The Sturgeon Bay City Council had hoped to generate more funding to upgrade streets through the implementation of a Premier Resort Area Tax(PRAT) in the city. However, legislation to allow the tax on certain items purchased is bogged down in Madison. State Senator Andre Jacque says questions about whether Sturgeon Bay meets the criteria for the tax have been raised… Jacque says he’s not confident … Continue reading

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Door County & Sturgeon Bay Working Together for Revolving Loans

The City of Sturgeon Bay and Door County operate separate revolving loan funds that are used to stimulate economic development by providing financing to new or expanded business ventures. Recently, the Wisconsin Department of Administration instituted a program requiring all of the revolving loan funds still considered federal funds to be returned to the state. The ruling does not impact the city program, but it … Continue reading

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Mayor Breaks Tie Vote on West Side School Development

Mayor David Ward broke a three to three tie of the Sturgeon Bay City Council Tuesday evening in connection with a proposed planned unit development involving the old west side school and the west side field. The mayor’s vote means the process will continue. The PUD project calls for rehabbing the old school into apartments and adding 30-units which would be placed on a portion … Continue reading

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Possible Development of Old West Side School

A plan to rehabilitate the old West Side School in Sturgeon Bay was presented to the city plan commission Wednesday evening. Marty Olejniczak, Sturgeon Bay’s Community Development Director, says the developer has a new purpose for the facility at 17 West Pine Street… Olejniczak says the developer will seek support from federal sources, a difficult task given the current success rate of less that 50%… … Continue reading

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Committee Presents West Side Waterfront Plan

The work of an ad hoc committee, looking at the best uses for Sturgeon Bay’s west side waterfront property, released their findings during the meeting of the Sturgeon Bay City Council Tuesday evening. The group’s recommendations, nine months in the making, brought positive feedback from council-members. The ten person ad hoc west waterfront planning committee met close to two dozen times and received comments from … Continue reading

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Sturgeon Bay Will Update Comprehensive Plan in 2020

Vandewalle & Associates of Milwaukee and Madison has been selected as the consultant for updating the Sturgeon Bay’s comprehensive plan. The city council Tuesday accepted the plan commission’s recommendation that Vandewalle be paid a consulting fee not to exceed $71,235 for the year-long project. A comprehensive plan is used as a guide in determining how best to address future issues a city may face. The … Continue reading

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Granary Could Move Back to West Side Soon

The effort to move the old grain elevator back to its previous location on the west side waterfront in Sturgeon Bay is progressing, but the movement has been slow in recent weeks. Supporters of the granary move want to move to a staging area until such time as the more than 100-year old building is ready for its final placement. The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society … Continue reading

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Update on Granary on City Council Agenda Tuesday

The Sturgeon Bay City Council will receive an update on the status of the old grain elevator during its regular meeting Tuesday evening. The information comes in the form of a memo from City Administrator Josh VanLieshout who indicates that a review and mapping of the agreement with the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation to identify city obligations and developer obligations and due dates has … Continue reading

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Recount Does Not Change Outcome for Sturgeon Bay City Council

A recount of votes cast for Sturgeon Bay City Council in the 7th District on Tuesday, April 2nd did not change the outcome of the election. The recount revealed that Kirsten McFarlin-Reeths defeated incumbent Laurel Hauser by one less vote than what was originally registered, 247 to 245. The original margin was three votes. However, due to an error caused on the state level, a … Continue reading

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