By Roger Utnehmer
Sturgeon Bay Utility customers have been seeing an explanation of the city’s position on the west side waterfront development by Mayor Thad Birmingham showing up in their monthly statements. That, says a member of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, should require “equal time” so both sides of the hotel development controversy can be explained.
Dan Collins says Birmingham’s comments in the insert are “misleading.”
“The issue could all be behind us and we could be working together on the Sturgeon Bay brand, ‘the best waterfront in the Midwest’ if the mayor would just let it go,” said Collins.
A spokesperson for Sturgeon Bay Utilities told DoorCountyDailyNews.com the city will reimburse the utility for the cost of inserting the information in monthly statements. Several members of the Friends group have stated that taxpayers should not be picking up the tab for using a city-owned utility to distribute a one-sided information piece on the development. The total cost of the insert has not been determined.
The utility bill insert defended the city position on a hotel development project that was stopped when a court case was won by Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront February 9th.