By Chesla Anschutz
I have questions and concerns, but as of late my voice has been muffled by the removal of public comment at Sturgeon Bay city meetings as well as lack of council representation in my District (2). So I share them here, as a Letter to the Editor, in hopes that you the readers will also use this venue to be heard, for this is our only avenue of communication UNTIL PUBLIC COMMENT IS RESTORED AT OUR CITY MEETINGS.
January 29, 2018
Mayor Birmingham and Common Council,
Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Dietman
Finance, Purchasing & Building Committee:
Subject: Dismantling and disposition of our historical granary
Will the pieces of the granary be sold to the highest bidder? And will the pieces be sold separately or will priority be given to keeping the granary whole? So that it can be reassembled and retain as much of its historical value as possible? My personal feeling is that our city fathers (staff and committees) need to work toward keeping all the pieces together. The fact that it will be dismantled and moved from its original location already devalues the structure historically. I liken this to a family of children under adoption. It is paramount that they not be separated from their siblings. I advise that the Wisconsin Historical Society be contacted for recommendations on qualified appraisers prior to razing. I’d also like to remind you they are still waiting to hear form you.
Will the City and Fire Chief allow someone qualified and knowledgeable of the inner equipment, mechanisms and such, i.e. the grain dryer, to document and appraise these parts prior to the dismantling? If not, is there currently a documented list somewhere of these items? This is necessary so that when these items are sold, the city and potential buyers are aware of their monetary and historical value.