By Roger Utnehmer
Parents and grandparents can be happy that Barbara Allman, Laurel Hauser and Kelly Catarozoli are serving on the Sturgeon Bay City Council.
All have distinguished their civic contribution to good government by being strong advocates for children, families, health, safety and clean, transparent decision-making.
Recent city council discussions on approving a 56-unit apartment complex and simplifying the approval process to keep bees in Sturgeon Bay are examples of their ability to ask good questions and prompt the council to better decision-making. It may make meetings a little longer but it results in a more informed citizenry.
Barbara Allman has been a consistent advocate for the health and safety of children in debate about keeping bees expressing concern about children being traumatized by allergic reaction to a sting.
Laurel Hauser stood up to the pressure of a developer wanting a quick approval of an apartment complex. She stood firmly in favor of better planning for safe streets, sidewalks and bike trails. When Sturgeon Bay is faced with a serious affordable housing problem and a developer wants to start construction in August, Hauser was brave to not back down. Her desire for better planning before approving development is a difficult position
Kelly Catarozoli questioned the Maritime Museum observation tower, arguing for multi-modal waterfront access for families. Her desire to preserve a view corridor makes sense after the city approving former Palmer Johnson buildings that block significant views of the waterfront from Jefferson Street. The observation tower is a positive project for a west-side waterfront. Yet, there is nothing wrong with a council member like Catarozoli wanting assurances that the observation tower will not be as controversial as the failed hotel project with a developer pulling out and suing the city.
Our children and grandchildren will inherit a better community because of the public service of Barbara Allman, Laurel Hauser and Kelly Catarozoli. Sturgeon Bay will be a better community because strong, articulate women serve on the city council. Please join me in thanking them for their service.