The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will have another opportunity to approve its settlement agreement with Sawyer Hotel Development on Tuesday after it was vetoed earlier this month. By a vote of 5-2, the council approved a settlement with hotel developer Bob Papke for $360,000. Papke’s claim was the city did not tell him about issues concerning the site’s ordinary high water mark in relation to his planned hotel. Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham vetoed the settlement, writing in a letter to city clerk Stephanie Reinhardt that he believes the council is not considering the motion’s financial implications and ignoring its legal counsel. A second 5-2 vote on Tuesday could override the veto. The letter from Mayor Birmingham explaining his veto reasoning and the full settlement agreement are available online with this story. The Sturgeon Bay City Council will also consider hiring engineering firm Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH) to spearhead west waterfront redevelopment efforts when it meets at 7 p.m. inside its council chambers.
Click here to see letter from Mayor Birmingham and the full settlement agreement included in Tuesday's Common Council agenda packet.