By Tim Kowols
The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society is calling on city officials to reject the three bids gathered for the “demolition of the granary building and site restoration.” According to a release from the SBHS, the bid specifications ignore a November 7th resolution giving the SBHS a 60-day window to develop a plan November 21st resolution calling for the granary to be dismantled and salvaged for up to one year to allow private organizations to step up with the necessary funds to rebuild it. It was a topic of conversation during Wednesday’s bid opening with city administrator Josh VanLieshout and alderpersons Kelly Catarozoli and Laurel Hauser.
The SBHS calls VanLieshout’s “issuance of non-conforming bid specs in disregard of both resolutions” and is abusing his office by going outside the authority of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council. VanLieshout said during the bid opening that time, money, and council member concerns would be considered during the decision-making process, along with what is most advantageous for the city. You can read the entire release by the SBHS and listen to the bid below.