By Tim Kowols
The granary could be gone as soon January 31, 2018 depending on which bid the city of Sturgeon Bay accepts for the building’s removal. City officials opened three bids Wednesday afternoon, ranging from $52,115 by Statewide Razing and $358,196 by Ostrenga Excavating. Green Bay-based Ostrenga Excavating believes it can have the granary dismantled by June 2018. An additional bid was read by city officials from Kiesow Enterprises, but its $66,237.25 bid had an invalid completion date of December 6. Alderpersons Kelly Catarozoli and Laurel Hauser attended the bid reveal, asking city administrator Josh VanLieshout about the contractors’ experience dismantling buildings like the granary and the likelihood that it gets restood. VanLieshout says when looking at the bids, time, money, and council member concerns are important factors to consider.
VanLieshout says he and city engineer will contact the contractors and have the bids ready for council review. Hauser and Catarozoli both questioned VanLieshout on why a presentation to be given by the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society was not allowed on the agenda following discussion about next steps after opening bids. VanLieshout said the issue should be taken up with the mayor.