Granary return to Sturgeon Bay west waterfront delayed

Sturgeon Bay's controversial Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator will not be making a return trip over the Oregon Maple Street bridge to its former west-side location by Memorial Day weekend, as supporters had hoped.

The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation has a development agreement with the City of Sturgeon Bay to return the granary to the west-side waterfront.

According to a memo shared with council members at Tuesday's  council meeting, City Administrator Josh VanLieshout says, "There a lot of deliverables from the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation before the grain elevator is to be moved onto temporary staging site."

None, VanLieshout said, have been received from the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society.


 The entire memo and audio of VanLieshout's comments to council members can be found below.




To: Mayor David Ward  Common Council 
From: Josh Van Lieshout, City Administrator 


Re: May 21, 2019 Common Council Agenda Item 12 Date: May 17, 2019 
I have been asked to provide an update on the status of the implementation of the Development Agreement between the City of Sturgeon Bay and the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation, Inc. 

For the City the following has been completed: 

• Review and "mapping" of the agreement to identify City obligations and developer 
obligations and due dates 

• Per the terms of the development agreement, informed SBHSF that the City will not be 
relocating the fill on 92 E. Maple Street. The Developer will be responsible for this task. Had one telephone conversation with Mary Beth Peranteau (SBHSF Attorney), City Attorney Jim Kalny, CDD Marty Olejniczak, Mayor Ward and myself, Verbally, DNR is willing to go forward with submerged lands lease despite the OHWM challenge. Verbally DNR does not need to approve temporary placement of the grain elevator below the OHWM, this is useful as it eliminates conflict with the ATC project. 

Other notes: 
Inquiry from Joe Moede about timeline from SBHSF for moving the grain elevator following indication from SBHSF that the move would happen on or before Memorial Day. Inquiry from Mike Till, asking about permits needed to move the grain elevator 

• There are a number of deliverables from SBHSF before the grain elevator is to be moved onto the temporary staging site as of this writing none have been received. Those deliverables include: written acknowledgement from DNR regarding working on the site, various certificates of insurance, performance and payment bonds, site plan, demonstration of structural stability on the temporary site, soil suitability for temporary staging, executed ground lease for the temporary location, DCCF Certificate, and permits for moving the structure. 

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