By Paul Schmitt
The Sturgeon Bay City Council voted to purchase a parcel of land at 1048 Egg Harbor Road during Tuesday’s common council meeting. A close 4-3 vote to acquire the Simon parcel passed. The foreclosed property was offered to the city by Door County before putting it up for bids. The city will purchase the land for just over $19,000 that is valued at $81,000 with improvements valued at $56,000, according to City Administrator Josh Van Lieshout. A portion of the parcel could be used for stormwater detention while another part could be sold or used for public street access. Council member Kelly Avenson asked that the city revisit the status of the property before the end of the year.
The council adjourned into closed session to discuss consideration of hiring a new Municipal Services Director and litigation with the Sawyer Hotel Development and developer Bob Papke. The Sturgeon Bay City Council did not return to open session to take any further action.