By Roger Utnehmer
The Sturgeon Bay city council voted Tuesday night to restrict truck traffic on Third Avenue on a three-block area between Michigan and Jefferson Streets. Local deliveries will be allowed and signs advising drivers of the restriction will be erected. Council member Kelly Catarozoli said the creation of a truck route is just a first step in dealing with public concerns about safety and damage to streets.
A 34-unit multiple-family housing project located in the 700 blocks of Erie and Florida Streets was approved unanimously. Council members praised the developer, Phillips Development LLC, for their cooperation working to meet concerns of area residents about the project.
Council members also authorized city administrator Josh Vanlieshout to begin searching for an attorney or firm to replace the Pinkert Law Firm of Sturgeon Bay which notified the city it will no longer provide legal services effective June 30th. Pinkert has represented the city for approximately 20 years on a fee-for-service basis.
In other action the council adopted a policy for placing items on meeting agendas, moved forward to replace the controversial Waterfront Redevelopment Authority, and voted during a two-hour closed session to re-start settlement talks with Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. The Friends group successfully sued the city over a proposed hotel development. That case is under appeal and is currently stayed pending determination of the ordinary high water mark.
The council also voted unanimously to continue legal proceedings it hopes will result in the west-side waterfront dirt piles either being moved or leveled.