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Sturgeon Bay moves on development grant, cell tower site rental

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council took care of the city’s business in quick order Tuesday evening in less than an hour.  A Community Development Investment (CDI) grant application for the Sturgeon Bay Plaza was unanimously approved for the future development near the west side waterfront.  Before the vote, Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak told the council that by having the grant that can be up to $250,000 submitted to the state before April 1st, the city could receive another grant later in 2023 when the new fiscal year begins for the state.  The city has received past CDI grants for Bliss Marketplace, the Door County Maritime Museum Tower, and the renovation of the Third Avenue PlayWorks.

In other business, the Common Council approved the writing off of uncollected taxes in the amount of $69.90.  City Finance Director Val Clarizio noted that was the lowest list of delinquent personal property tax account bills in 25 years.  

The site lease for a new 175-foot cellular tower at Big Hill Park was also unanimously approved after it was tabled last year.  Fire Chief Tim Dietman says the $20 million project will help with emergency communications for Sturgeon Bay and Door County.  The 50-year lease will have an annual fiscal impact of a rental rate of $16,200 with a 12 percent increase every five years.    

During Mayoral appointments, Mayor David Ward asked for the forming of a Bradley Lake Ad Hoc Committee that will be co-chaired by councilmembers Gary Nault and Helen Bacon to move forward on the project at Sunset Park that is being pursued by the city.

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