By Tim Kowols
The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will consider legal counsel in preparation for a declaratory ruling on a disputed parcel on the west side waterfront. According to a memorandum from city administrator Josh Van Lieshout, the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront filed for the declaratory ruling for the ordinary high water mark for Parcel 92, which is currently prohibited from being sold until a declaration can be made. The city felt it was in its best interest to acquire legal counsel while it waits for details concerning the Department of Natural Resources’ declaratory ruling, which could begin in the next 30 to 60 days. The total cost to Tax Increment District #4 is unknown, but a letter from attorney Paul G. Kent at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP has quoted the city with hourly rates ranging from $110 an hour for clerks and paralegals to $275 an hour for partners and counsel. The action will be considered when the Sturgeon Bay Common Council meets in its chambers at noon on Tuesday.