The controversy surrounding the former granary site on Sturgeon Bay’s west side has others at city hall looking at future conflict points with the area’s ordinary high water mark. On May 15th, alderpersons David Hayes and Kelly Avenson requested the Sturgeon Bay Common Council discuss getting an OHWM determination on all city and Waterfront Redevelopment Authority-owned land in Tax Increment District #2 and #4. Hayes says the request is designed to protect the city from future lawsuits concerning the unknown.
Two days later, city administrator Josh Van Lieshout released a memorandum requesting the Common Council discuss a variety of policy considerations with state officials to a develop a consistent measure of what can and cannot be done to urban waterfronts. In the memorandum, Van Lieshout says it likely similar issues could arise again and requests the Common Council to ask Governor Tony Evers, Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole, or the Wisconsin Legislature to “reconsider their January 2, 2019 declaratory ruling and look again at the issue from a matter of good public policy versus the convenience of trying to satisfy litigants.” The two items are scheduled to be discussed during Tuesday’s Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at city hall.