Opinion Archives for 2017-07

Letter To The Editor: DEVELOPMENT AT WHAT COST?


By Paul Anschutz, Sturgeon Bay



After riding my bike from the corner of Lamperts west on Highway 42/57, over rumble strips located on the edge of the road, I discovered Grant Ave.  I traveled north to find the site that was chosen by the developers for a 56-unit apartment complex, and was approved by the Plan Commission on 6/21/17. 


To my dismay, I found no road exiting the development site. I explained during public comment at the 7/5/17 common Council  meeting,  during my 3 minute time frame, that the proposed planned unit development was an isolated development due to the fact that there was no exit, except the highway entrance. I also explained that it was benefiting NOT the Sturgeon Bay School District ,but neighboring Southern Door, as it is located in Nasewaupee.  Finally, I urged the council not to make the same mistake in creating a development such as on the north side of Egg Harbor Road that they have not fixed in 15 plus years.


Fast forward to 7/18/17 council meeting, it was brought to the city's attention, through a Memorandum Agreement Between the City of Sturgeon Bay and Wisconsin DOT (permit dated 10/15/09)


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We currently have 40 units, and are allowing 56 more plus 14 townhouses (totaling 110 units).  It was stated the tipping point which required a traffic study for the development was 100 units, by City Planner, Marty Olejniczak.


Mayor Birmingham stated the city will only benefit by $ 23,000.00 of taxes a year from the development of the 56 units. What will it cost the city to develop a 1/3 mile of road, which could include such barriers as condemning and the possible use of eminent domain?


People first. Honor your agreements. 


Civil Discourse: An Occasional Attempt To Restore Civility To Our Civic Discourse


By Roger Utnehmer




Parents and grandparents can be happy that Barbara Allman, Laurel Hauser and Kelly Catarozoli are serving on the Sturgeon Bay City Council.

All have distinguished their civic contribution to good government by being strong advocates for children, families, health, safety and clean, transparent decision-making.

Recent city council discussions on approving a 56-unit apartment complex and simplifying the approval process to keep bees in Sturgeon Bay are examples of their ability to ask good questions and prompt the council to better decision-making. It may make meetings a little longer but it results in a more informed citizenry.

Barbara Allman has been a consistent advocate for the health and safety of children in debate about keeping bees expressing concern about children being traumatized by allergic reaction to a sting.

Laurel Hauser stood up to the pressure of a developer wanting a quick approval of an apartment complex. She stood firmly in favor of better planning for safe streets, sidewalks and bike trails. When Sturgeon Bay is faced with a serious affordable housing problem and a developer wants to start construction in August, Hauser was brave to not back down. Her desire for better planning before approving development is a difficult position

Kelly Catarozoli questioned the Maritime Museum observation tower, arguing for multi-modal waterfront access for families. Her desire to preserve a view corridor makes sense after the city approving former Palmer Johnson buildings that block significant views of the waterfront from Jefferson Street. The observation tower is a positive project for a west-side waterfront. Yet, there is nothing wrong with a council member like Catarozoli wanting assurances that the observation tower will not be as controversial as the failed hotel project with a developer pulling out and suing the city.

Our children and grandchildren will inherit a better community because of the public service of Barbara Allman, Laurel Hauser and Kelly Catarozoli. Sturgeon Bay will be a better community because strong, articulate women serve on the city council. Please join me in thanking them for their service.

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