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Sturgeon Bay city council over-rides Birmingham granary veto

The Sturgeon Bay city council voted to over-ride Mayor Thad Birmingham’s veto of a development agreement that would return the Teweles and Brandeis granary to the west-side waterfront Tuesday.   David Ward, a council member who was elected mayor Tuesday, and Ald. Seth Wiederanders voted to support Birmingham’s veto.  Council members Laurel Hauser, Barbara Allmann, Kelly Avenson, David Hayes and Kelly Catarozoli voted to over-ride.

That does not assure, however, the future of the 119-year old granary.  Four candidates for city council who oppose preservation were elected Tuesday.  Helen Bacon, Dan Williams, Gary Nault, and Kirsten McFarlin-Reeths will replace Kelly Catarozoli, Ward, Barbara Allmann and Laurel Hauser, respectively.  

Catarozoli and Allmann did not seek re-election. Hauser was defeated by a margin of only three votes.

Ward said the development agreement Birmingham vetoed would tie up the property for years, a maintenance fund of $130,000 is inadequate and that the development team presents a high risk of not completing the project.

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