By Roger Utnehmer
Sexism and ethics were topics generating discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Sturgeon Bay City Council.
First District Council Member Kelly Catarozoli challenged Mayor Thad Birmingham’s appointments to an ad hoc committee to study street funding because of seven members appointed, only one is a woman. Catarozoli told the council the mayor’s appointments are offensive.
Birmingham responded by saying he asked women to serve and they declined.
Council member Laurel Hauser suggested the city adopt an ethics policy, a proposal that drew derision from at least two alderpersons.
Ron Vandertie said that he cannot believe there could be a conflict of interest serving on the city council.
Stuart Fett also opposed an ethics policy.
Barbara Allman supported the suggestion, citing a previous council member who was charged with an ethics violation. Former City Council Member Cap Wulf resigned from the council and pleaded no contest to a charge stemming from work his company, Wulf Brothers, did on a local construction project. Wulf, while a council member, was charged with using his position of public trust for personal gain.
Hauser’s suggestion was referred to the committee for further consideration.
The council ended the public meeting by going into closed session to consider the development agreement with Robert Papke for a west-side waterfront hotel project.
Here is the full exchange between Mayor Birmingham and Councilmember Catarozoli about committee member assignments