By Paul Schmitt and Tim Kowols
One chapter of a tense time in the city’s history came to an apparent close Thursday when developer Bob Papke accepted a settlement offer from the Sturgeon Bay Common Council regarding the west side waterfront project. The city and Papke settled on Papke’s lawsuit which originally sought over $500,000. Papke claimed the city did not tell him about issues concerning the ordinary high water mark where his planned hotel was expected to sit. According to a news release on Friday by City Administrator Josh Van Lieshout, Mayor Thad Birmingham has exercised his veto authority on the matter. The Common Council will reconsider the issue at the next regular meeting on December 18. A two-thirds vote (5 of 7) of the entire council is required to override the veto. The previous motion passed 5-2.