By Roger Utnehmer
The most controversial item on Tuesday’s Sturgeon Bay city council agenda got pulled at the start of the meeting.
Scheduled for action after four failed attempts, the meeting agenda included acting on bids to dismantle the Teweles & Brandeis grain elevator located on the west-side waterfront.
Five council members are required in order to take action. In four previous meetings, those working to save the granary either left the meeting or did not attend, eliminating a quorum necessary for taking a vote.
The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society and several council members have been trying for several weeks to allow a presentation at a council meeting about preservation plans and financial commitments of approximately $1.5 million to save the granary.
Those efforts have been thwarted by Mayor Thad Birmingham.
Birmingham gave no reason for removing the controversial item from the agenda at the start of today’s council meeting.
Administrator Josh VanLieshout after the meeting said a majority of all the members of the common council is necessary for a passage of an ordinance, resolution, and motion for money to be appropriated, which would not have been possible Tuesday.