By Paul Schmitt
The Sturgeon Bay City Council may have a new authority in the future that would dissolve the current Waterfront Redevelopment Authority (WRA). District 2 council member David Hayes says a Community Development Authority (CDA) would consolidate the skills found in multiple authorities and put them under one umbrella. He says many other cities in Wisconsin including New Berlin are utilizing a CDA while eliminating other authorities.
The Sturgeon Bay Common Council asked for a legal interpretation of having a CDA while dissolving other authorities before moving forward on any action. According to Hayes, any activities performed by a previous authority would be assumed by the CDA. Hayes says he envisions fresh faces on a Community Development Authority that would include two council members, director of finances, City manager, and three others that would be citizen appointments. The next Sturgeon Bay City Council Meeting is June 19.