By Paul Schmitt
A potential Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) regulatory station being placed on Sturgeon Bay’s east side near Highway 42/57 has some South 18th Avenue residents upset. In April, WPS filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin seeking authority to build a natural gas main and associated facility. The route would start at the existing Sturgeon Bay Regulator Station on South Neenah Avenue and run over 18,000 feet to a location between Highway 42/57 and South 18th Avenue. Tom and Susan Kurtz, who reside at 608 S. 18th Avenue, says five other homeowners on the street are upset at the placement for the regulator station. Susan Kurtz says she and her neighbors are concerned about devaluing of their property and the noise that would be generated by the station.
Kurtz says there are more viable alternative sites available in the city. The regulatory station would be built on an acre of land with a 100 by 100-foot building. WPS has been in negotiations to purchase the property from Ken Chaudoir, according to Kurtz. She says the value of her home and property would decrease by 30 percent, according to Forensics Appraisal Group from Neenah. Kurtz says she is holding out hope for WPS to amend the application for a different location, pending approval by city officials. You can find the notification details of the proposed Sturgeon Bay Natural Gas Expansion Project with the link below.