A weedy issue in the Sturgeon Bay channel was a major concern shared by residents during public comments at the Sturgeon Bay Common Council Tuesday evening. Three people who live on Memorial Drive asked the city and Municipal Services Director Mike Barker to find a better system to remove the weeds this summer which have been getting progressively worse in recent years. Councilmember and Harbor Commission Chair Gary Nault says a weed-control program that includes a new floater harvesting machine through grant money would help maintain the nine miles of shoreline. A shortage of workers to operate the harvesting machines was also expressed last year when only two workers handled the weed control. Three hundred seventy-one loads of weeds were harvested in 2021, compared to 97 loads in 2020. With fear that the weed growth could be worse this summer, Mayor David Ward assured the waterfront residents in attendance that the weed issue would be readdressed in mid-July.
During the business portion of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council, delayed taking action on the Shoreline Restoration Project for Bradley Lake. The lowest bid for the work was for $97,174.30 with confirmation from the contractor still pending, according to Barker. The matter will be deterred until the next council meeting on June 21.