In a relatively quick meeting, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council moved forward Tuesday evening on two key agenda items. The hour-long meeting covered the approval of the new entertainment district which will allow the drinking of alcohol on public property along the waterfronts and neighboring streets. That resolution passed by a 5-1 vote with councilmember David Hayes voting against it. The common council also unanimously approved a bid from Payne & Dolan from Waukesha for the restoration of the Sunset Park shoreline. Councilmember Gary Nault questioned how the bid of $200,930 could come in nearly $140,000 less than the second-lowest bid of five others from more local businesses.
City Administrator Josh Van Lieshout pointed out that the company has quarries located throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, including one on Mathey Road in Sturgeon Bay. The bids were opened on July 8th and included one as high as $452,280. The Sunset Park shoreline has suffered severe land erosion and flooding this summer due to high water levels.