By Tim Kowols
The Sturgeon Bay Common Council removed four of the five items listed on its statement of intentions for the 2017 Harbor Assistance Program. The item it did keep is slated to be used for improving the existing docking facilities for in the south yard at Bay Shipbuilding Company to increase the capacity and efficiency during its Winter Fleet period. Mayor Thad Birmingham said taking off the other items, which included the Festival Pier and dock improvements at three different locations, would be shortsighted.
Council members Barb Allman said if the city was going to be competing for a potentially smaller pool of money from the state that it should focus on one project with high importance.
Making a statement of intentions for harbor-related projects does not obligate the city to undertake any of the projects. The Harbor Assistance Program provides 80 percent of grant funding improvements and was a major topic of discussion at this month’s Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days.