By Tim Kowols
A declaratory hearing for the ordinary high water mark at 92 E. Maple Street will most likely be nixed by the state’s Department of Natural Resources after the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority rejected a settlement offer earlier this week. It was the DNR’s reluctance to host the hearing without knowing if a settlement would be reached or not that forced the WRA and the Ad Hoc Settlement Committee to reconvene just over a week after it voted to table discussion on the issue. City administrator Josh VanLieshout says the DNR picked August 3 without deciding on a time or place and believes any hearing is unlikely in the immediate future.
The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will meet in closed session Tuesday to discuss the settlement despite the WRA’s 5-2 vote against the agreement between the city and the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront on an ordinary high water mark and options for redevelopment moving forward.