By Tim Kowols
The Sturgeon Bay Common Council is very interested to hear what the city’s insurance provider has to say about its coverage limit. City administrator Josh VanLieshout told the council the news that it would ask the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Mutual Insurance Company to extend its insurance coverage limit after spending close to $100,000 in legal fees through two claims associated with its suit against the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. Alderperson David Ward spoke of his experience in lawsuits against municipalities in the past, but the told the council it must be aware of the possibilities ahead of trial.
Fellow alderperson Will Gregory was in disbelief that the city went through so much money so fast.
VanLieshout told the council that it was likely the number of depositions and expert testimonies given for the case led to the increased legal fees. He hopes to hear back from the insurer within a week. The case heads to trial February 9 after Judge Raymond Huber denied the summary judgments for both the city and the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront last week.