By Tim Kowols
District 2 alderperson Ron Vandertie says there are several reasons why he chose to not support a settlement agreement between the city of Sturgeon Bay and the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. Vandertie, along with alderpersons Stewart Fett and Rick Wiesner, was in the minority when the Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to approve the settlement agreement. Developer reluctance to build over a sewer line without incentives and generating enough money to cover the tax increment district were among Vandertie’s chief concerns.
Vandertie says for him, it comes down to where the Department of Natural Resources draws the ordinary high water mark.
The DNR had originally set a date of August 3 to hold a public hearing on the mark, but never followed up with a time or location, according to city administrator Josh VanLieshout. No future meeting has been scheduled.