By Tim Kowols
The former granary building on Sturgeon Bay’s west side may be coming down quicker than previously agreed to following an order from Fire Chief Tim Dietman. The order comes less than a week after Dietman received complaints about the building possibly moving and metal siding bulging after recent heavy winds. According to a letter from Dietman to Mayor Thad Birmingham and City Administrator Josh VanLieshout, collapse zones were set up around the building as a safety precaution. The raze order, which was issued to the city on Tuesday, states the building must come down by “virtue of its dilapidated condition and location as it is so situated to endanger other buildings, persons or property.” The city has 30 days to raze the building so the area is “made safe and not detrimental to the public health and safety.” On August 1, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted 4-3 to not seek bids for razing the structurally challenged building before January 1, 2018. Dietman was not available for comment.