By Tim Kowols
The city of Sturgeon Bay hopes to look towards the future by addressing its housing and infrastructure needs in 2017. With plenty of jobs available locally, city officials are looking at ways to address the housing supply, which is currently 97 percent occupied. City administrator Josh VanLieshout says improving that number will help local businesses recruit employees to the area.
VanLieshout says it is also important to start strategizing what to do with its streets, especially with the uncertainty it faces from the state in terms of funding.
2017 will also feature a decision on the ordinary high water controversy on the city’s west side that could have an effect on what Sturgeon Bay looks like in the coming years. The city and the Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront left their mediation session last week with no agreement, paving the way for oral arguments to be heard at the end of the month.