By Paul Schmitt
First District Representative Joel Kitchens is planning on passing legislation after the Wisconsin DNR holds their declaratory public hearing next week in Sturgeon Bay. Rep. Kitchens says he would introduce a bill to end the disputed Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) for the waterfront property on Sturgeon Bay’s west side. He says his intention is to end any future litigation and help Sturgeon Bay move forward.
Kitchens says he is doing this prior to the hearing so people know he is not taking sides and that the dirt piles can go away and the community can move on. The DNR’s declaratory hearing is from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Jane Greene Room within the Sturgeon Bay Public Library. Kitchens plans on attending the hearing if his schedule allows.