By Tim Kowols
Despite a preliminary agreement between the city of Sturgeon Bay and the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront and a commitment from the Department of Natural Resources to move forward with the mutually agreed ordinary high water mark, discussion on the topics are nowhere to be found on agenda for Wednesday’s Common Council meeting. On June 21, it was announced the OHWM for 92 East Maple Street would be moved 60 feet closer to the water from the original meander line drawn in an 1835 U.S. Government survey. According to Nancy Aten from the Friends group, the DNR said on Friday it would move forward with the determination agreed to during two days of negotiation in Madison. Dan Collins from the Friends group wonders why the city is not moving forward with ratifying the agreement.
Other terms of the agreement between the city and the Friends group include a commitment to an inclusive public process to redevelop the west waterfront site, preserve the views, and for the resolution seeking help from the Wisconsin Legislature to draw the OHWM on the disputed parcel to be withdrawn. The Common Council meeting, which was rescheduled due to the Independence Day holiday, is set for noon inside the Common Council chambers.