By Tim Kowols
Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham found himself defending the city and his leadership throughout a contested meeting Tuesday, leading to a call for a five-minute recess and a police officer. Before the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved $3.15 million in borrowing for Tax Increment District #4, Birmingham and District 1 alderperson Kelly Catarozoli sparred over having a plan for the area proposed for the west side redevelopment. Catarozoli told the council she does not want to borrow money that may go unused, while Birmingham said he could not see into the future.
During the public portion of the meeting, Carri Andersson, a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the city regarding the west waterfront, accused the mayor of not taking responsibility for his role in the lawsuit and for not following the law. Birmingham said at no time did the city violate the law before the meeting was forced to go into recess.
Fish Creek resident Don Freix, who asked for the point of order, was escorted out of the chambers by a Sturgeon Bay Police officer under the direction of Birmingham after he felt the meeting was being interrupted. You can listen to the audio from the discussion concerning the borrowing for TID #4 and the public comment portion online with this story.