A piece from the conservative news website Empower Wisconsin about the possible purchase of Salmon Harbor Marina has members of the Kewaunee Common Council speaking out. In the article posted last month, the author charges Kewaunee City Administrator Fred Schnook and Mayor Jason Jelinek about being more concerned with purchasing the Salmon Harbor Marina rather than fixing issues with its current city-owned marina, which has not been able to open the last two years due to high water levels. The piece also included estimates on fixing the issues at the city’s marina to address recent flooding which comes in below the $1.8 million purchase price. On the city’s Facebook page, alderperson David Kuehl helped pen a response to the article defending Kewaunee City Administrator Fred Schnook’s help in securing a future deal for Salmon Harbor Marina, saying that while Schnook does not have a vote, he is “responsible for carrying out policy as set forth and voted upon by the Mayor and the City Council.” Mayor Jason Jelinek says there is an accepted offer for Salmon Harbor Marina, which is appraised for $1.8 million. The purchase is contingent on the city acquiring a federal Economic Development Administration grant to pair with one already received from Wisconsin Coastal Management. The city would have to provide some matching funds, which back in September the city said would be provided from a loan and paid back over time with profits from the facility. Jelinek understands the sale is a source of contention in the community but says many of the calls he gets are from concerned marina slip holders and campground visitors
The Kewaunee Common Council voted 5-3 to purchase Salmon Harbor Marina on July 27th. Purchasing the marina was a consideration listed in the Kewaunee Harbor Master Plan approved on October 14th, 2019. Jelinek says the city is working on the details of another grant that could have an impact on the Kewaunee waterfront.