By Paul Schmitt
One of the council members who cast the deciding 4 to 3 vote in favor of accepting the proposed settlement between the City of Sturgeon Bay and the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront says the action Tuesday by the council is another step towards hopefully resolving the lawsuit looming over the city. District 3 Alderperson David Ward says a future resolution still remains in doubt.
Ward voted along with members Kelly Catarozoli, Laurel Hauser, and Barbara Allmann to approve the settlement reached by an ad hoc committee that met with representatives of the Friends group back in June. The ad hoc committee consisted of Ward and Hauser. The Waterfront Redevelopment Authority, who is also listed as a defendant in the lawsuit, voted last week 5 to 2 against the proposed settlement. According to Ward, the Wisconsin DNR will be meeting next week to determine a date for an upcoming declaratory ruling on the Ordinary High Water Mark that is the factor in any private development on the disputed west side waterfront property.