By Tim Kowols
A 2015 e-mail from former Sturgeon Bay City Engineer Tony Depies could provide clarity for the future of the dirt piles on the west waterfront. During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, District 1 alderperson Kelly Catarozoli discussed the email in question, stating Depies said Bayland Builders made the request to store the fill on the site for the proposed hotel and would remove it if it was not used. City administrator Josh Van Lieshout said during the meeting he had not seen the agreement between the city and Bayland Buildings after Catarozoli requested a copy of the agreement. With the city tangled in a lawsuit with developer Bob Papke over the nixed project, Catarozoli says determining the ownership of the piles could help move things along.
Placing the fill on the property was never voted on by the Sturgeon Bay Common Council according to Catarozoli, who says a lawsuit with the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront was imminent when it occurred.