David Hayes, a member of the Sturgeon Bay city council, has called out colleagues, city attorney James Kalny and administrator Josh VanLieshout in an email sent to DoorCountyDailyNews.com.
Hayes claims council members who voted to table an amendment to a development agreement between the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation and the city at Tuesday’s council meeting violated their oath to uphold the state constitution. He called a vote to challenge a Department of Natural Resources ruling that determined where west side development can occur is “laughable.”
Hayes also claims council members who voted in favor of tabling the amendment to the development agreement with “violating good faith negotiations and blatantly suppressing information.”
In his e-mail, Hayes called city attorney James Kalny “negligent” and that he was probably following orders from city administrator Josh VanLieshout by “removing a document from city hall.”
The document Hayes mentioned was information about changes the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society requested in order to move the Teweles and Brandeis granary back near its original location on the west side waterfront.
The Sturgeon Bay city council voted Tuesday to table the changes requested to the development agreement until questions can be answered and council members can more carefully consider information provided by the SBHSF and city staff.
The entire e-mail sent by council member Hayes is posted with this story at DoorCountyDailyNews.com. Kalny and VanLieshout declined to comment.
From David Hayes:
I would also add to the breach of contract from SBHSF against the City ignoring "good faith" negotiations by tabling the item instead of allowing Kalny to bring the information from his car to the chambers during what could have been the 5 minute recess. Kalny was negligent but probably following orders from JV - perhaps that was why they were late! Removing the document from city hall!
This is the third record made by the new council - shortest closed session, fastest violation of their oath to uphold the state constitution, voting to challenge it in a laughable memo/letter, and thirdly violating good faith negotiations by blatantly suppressing information that would have supported an informed discussion/decision.