By Paul Schmitt
The Sturgeon Bay westside dirt piles were voted to be removed Tuesday by the city council, but developer Robert Papke, who pulled his hotel development and is suing the city, is still laying claim to them. Papke told DoorCountyDailyNews.com that he considers the dirt piles part of the defunct development that the city promised him years ago. He says he has not heard anything from the city after his lawsuit and would like the matter to go away sooner than later. A spokesperson from the company contracted to move the dirt to the west side over two years ago, Bayland Buildings, was not available for comment Tuesday regarding if they consider the dirt piles their property. City Administrator Josh VanLieshout reported to the common council last month that any development plans for the waterfront site will be tied up in court for some time. Exactly who will pay for the cost of the dirt piles removal is still yet to be determined.