By Tim Kowols
The Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted 5-1 Tuesday to eliminate snowblowing on downtown sidewalks. Almost all of the Common Council members remarked during discussions that they had received phone calls from business owners and residents up until the meeting, causing District 4 alderperson Rick Wiesner to remove the measure from the consent agenda. Municipal Services Director Bob Bordeau said the city polled municipalities on their snow removal procedures after Egg Harbor businesses wanted their sidewalks to be plowed like those located in downtown. Ten responded and all said they did not provide the service, with one citing its legality.
District 1 alderperson Kelly Catarozoli was against the proposed elimination, stating she sees a very big difference between the habits of people visiting downtown businesses as opposed to those in other parts of the city like on Egg Harbor Road.
Administrator Josh VanLieshout told the Common Council that no snow removal agreement exists between the city and the downtown businesses and could not find when the practice first started.