The City of Sturgeon Bay held a Common Council meeting on Tuesday that spanned nearly three hours. The biggest items in the open session had to do with hearing recommendations on proposed housing developments. The Common Council received a recommendation from the Finance/Purchasing Committee to accept the Development Agreement parameters with S.C. Swiderski for the Sunset School Redevelopment. The development project is an approximately 26-unit multiple-family dwelling abutting Delaware St, North 8th Avenue, and Erie Street. The properties would have attached garages, and the Common Council shared positive sentiments about the proposed development.
The City Plan Commission also gave a recommendation that shows their support for approval of a preliminary Planned Unit Development for Northpointe Development Corp. to develop a 53-unit multiple family dwelling located on the West Waterfront Redevelopment Area. Council members agreed that stipulations forbidding the units from being used as short-term rentals were important. It was also brought up that suggestions brought forth at the last meeting regarding spots in the parking garage for bikes and a select amount of electric charging stations should be looked into.
In other business, a list of second readings to tweak ordinances were passed. A second reading approving a repeal and recreation of the municipal ordinance was approved affecting salary changes for elected officials. Salaries for alderpersons goes from $600/month to $650/month and from $800/month to $850/month for the mayor.
The second reading for a command structure change in the Sturgeon Bay Police Department was passed which will dissolve the Lieutenant position and create an Assistant Chief of Police position. The rationale being to make structure more in-line with other departments in the state.
Another second reading that passed was a repeal and recreation of the municipal code on concealed carry. That was also to be more aligned with state statutes, and reads that no person, except a peace officer or concealed carry permit holder, shall carry concealed on his/her person any dangerous or electronic weapon. After closed session, a motion was made and passed to purchase for $51,600 a parcel on South Hudson Avenue.