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City council "virtual" meeting approves new Younkers building agreement

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council was able to get business done under unusual circumstances Thursday evening at City Hall. The regular meeting was held Thursday due to Tuesday's election and most council members attended through video-conferencing on Zoom. Mayor David Ward and Council President Dan Williams were the only two elected officials that were present in the council chambers. The 90-minute meeting was highlighted by the unanimous approval of SBLifeisGood, LLC owners Todd Trimberger and Dr. Kelton Reitz agreement with the city to purchase the former Younkers building at 58 N. Third Avenue and renovate it to house an expanded version of their store Bliss which is currently located on Jefferson Street. The council also approved a resolution authorizing a Community Development Investment Grant through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation that could be up to $250,000. Other business approved included accepting the bid for engineering services by Baudhuin Engineering for improvements to Otumba Beach and a separate proposal to update the Otumba Shelter.   Work is to begin later this spring for the shelter and in 2021 for the overall beach repair caused by high water. Mayor Ward added that the Sturgeon Bay Common Council will hold an organizational meeting on April 24 to set up committees and appointments. He thanked outgoing alderperson Kelly Avenson from District 4 for serving the past two years on the council.  

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