By Tim Kowols
Village officials in Egg Harbor hope work can resume on its library and community center next week after litigation ground the project to a halt. A group of residents took the village to court recently over the project after stating it broke direct legislation in 2008 forbidding the local government to spend over $1 million on a project without going to referendum. In an effort to keep the project moving after the original contract was voided, Egg Harbor officials transferred the project to a newly formed friends group while the village will act as a project manager and the Door County Community Foundation will finance it. Village administrator Ryan Heise says the concern now is making sure its builder, Boldt Construction, has the employees available to get the project back on track.
During the spring election, Egg Harbor residents approved a new piece of legislation that will force the village to go to a referendum if it wants to spend over $1.5 million on a project. The library and community center still hopes to be completed later this year.