What did Thad Birmingham know and when did he know it? That’s what a party to a lawsuit challenging the development of a Sturgeon Bay waterfront hotel wants to know. Shawn Fairchild is one of six people suing the City of Sturgeon Bay and the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority.
In a brief asking for summary judgment The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront maintain that city officials knew before entering into a development agreement that the site of the proposed hotel could not be developed.
The brief states that both city attorney Randall Nesbitt and development director Marty Olejniczak were informed by the Deputy Secretary of the Commissioners of Public Lands “there is a very strong likelihood” the area of the vacant grain elevator was below the Ordinary High Water Mark.
The Wisconsin constitution prohibits private development of lakebeds. Summary judgment is a request to a judge to rule on a case without going to trial.
Fairchild told DoorCountyDailyNews.com he would like to know who else in city government knew of the concerns raised by the Deputy Secretary of the Commissioner of Public Lands and why the city would go ahead and sign a development agreement with Robert Papke knowing the questions about the property had been raised.
A press release including pictures of the west wide waterfront and a link to the entire brief are posted with this story at DoorCountyDailyNews.com.
DoorCountyDailyNews.com has attempted to reach Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham for comment and will provide city officials with an opportunity to explain why the development agreement was approved after questions by a state official had been brought to their attention.
By Casperson Funeral Home
Doris S. Lasee, 94 of Sister Bay, WI died on October 19 , 2016 at Scandia Village in Sister Bay. She was born on July 1, 1922 in Milwaukee, WI to Emil and Albertina Muenchow.
She is survived by her daughter Cheri ( Charles) Geiger, grandsons Erik and Michael (Lindsey) Geiger and great grand-daughter Ada. She is also survived by many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Louis, parents Emil and Albertina and brother Arthur...
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Samuel E. Vana, 75, of Sturgeon Bay, died Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.
He was born February 7, 1941 to Samuel and Anna (Danko) Vana. After attending Lane Tech High School in Chicago, IL, Sam enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where he served from 1960 to 1964 when he was honorably discharged. On February 10, 1962, Sam married Barbara E. May at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Chicago. She died in an automobile accident...
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Dorothy Mae Jeanquart, 91, of Forestville, passed away on Oct. 20, 2016, in Marinette at Sun Valley Assisted Living. She was born Oct. 5, 1925 in Menominee, Michigan to Clarence and Mary (Venne) Dionne. On Nov. 6, 1943, she married Elmer J. Jeanquart. He preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 2005.
Dorothy and her husband farmed in the Town of Brussels for many years. She was a long time member of St. Hubert’s Church in Rosiere and a past member of the altar society. ...
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Tom Kile, 75, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, died Monday, October 17, 2016 from complications of pancreatic cancer in the comfort of his home with family at his side.
He was born December 19, 1940 in Nebraska, the son of the late Marvin Wendell Kile and Gertrude Ruby (Collipriest) Kile. Tom grew up in Creighton, NE, where he attended and graduated high school prior to going to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1958. He graduated from the Academy in 1962 and...
After a courageous battle with cancer, Edward Tlachac, 81, Luxemburg, has joined our Lord. With his entire family at his side, Ed passed away on Saturday, Oct.15, 2016.
He was born on February 26, 1935 to the late Edward and Jennie (Kinnard) Tlachac.
He married Margie Daul on September 3th, 1956, and they just celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends.
Ed started his career as a manager with Wisconsin Liquor and after a few years, drove a delivery truck for 25 years...
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