By Roger Utnehmer
Sturgeon Bay City Council Member Barb Allman does not like paying a legal bill she says was not approved before being incurred.
Allman questioned a payment of $4,383 to a law firm representing the city in settlement negotiations with Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. That group has challenged the construction of a hotel on the city’s west-side waterfront, citing constitutional protections granted to the formerly-filled lakebed.
Allman said she felt like a rubber stamp. The firm, she says, ran up a bill before council action authorized the hiring of the attorneys.
She told council members she was very disappointed.
City Attorney Randy Nesbitt responded to Allman’s questions, saying that it’s debatable if the firm would have charged the city for initial research if they had not been hired.
Mayor Thad Birmingham defended the action.
Allman’s response to Birmingham…
Council Members Laurel Hauser and Kelly Catarozoli joined Allman is voting against approving the bill.