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05/15/2020

Construction Update: Mill & Pave Roadways

Please Note: We have been noticing a very large amount of unnecessary travel throughout the construction project areas this year. For the safety of all parties involved please use alternative routes when possible. Travel within the construction project areas is not intended for the general public, it is intended exclusively for the residents who live along the roadways under construction.

Martell Construction, Inc. continues to make good progress on the concrete work included on our 2020 mill & pave roadway projects, and next week Northeast Asphalt will begin pavement replacements on some of the roadways. Current activities and locations are as follows (they are listed in the order that they will be worked on):

The following roadways are ready for repaving. Starting next week the existing asphalt will be removed with grading and paving to follow shortly after:
- W Oak Street from Columbia Ave to N Duluth Ave
- Barrick Road from N Ashland Ave to N Duluth Ave
- Shiloh Road from Division Road to E Leeward Street
- S Baraboo Ave from W Maple Street to W Oak Street

The following roadways have all of their concrete curbing and / or sidewalk sections scheduled to be replaced completed. In the near future, after the concrete has cured, the contractor will begin gravel and lawn restorations:
- Louisiana Street from N 4th Ave to N 5th Ave
- Utah Street from S 15th Ave to S 18th Ave (will be completed later today)
- S 15th Ave from Memorial Drive to Texas Street
- Memorial Drive from Utopia Circle East to Utopia Circle West
- Jefferson Place from N 18th Ave to Kentucky Place

The contractor is currently removing and replacing concrete curbing and / or sidewalk sections on the following roadways:
- Circle Ridge Place from S Ridgeway Drive to Quarter Deck Lane
- Bluebird Street from N 12th Place to N 14th Ave

The following roadways have all of their concrete curbing and / or sidewalk sections scheduled to be replaced cut. They will be removed in the near future with concrete replacements to follow shortly:
- S Ridgeway Ave from E Binnacle Place to E Compass Street
- E Binnacle Place from S Ridgeway Drive to S Ridgeway Ave
- S Ridgeway Drive from Tacoma Beach Road to the South Termination
- N 10th Place from Louisiana Street to N 11th Place
- Louisiana Street from N 9th Ave to N 12th Ave

Thanks,

Chad Shefchik
City Engineer

05/14/2020
05/13/2020
www.sturgeonbaywi.org

Please click on the link below for more information on a RFP for a home relocation of 212 W. Locust St.

The much anticipated banners for the 2020 Sturgeon Bay High School graduating class are being displayed throughout the d...
05/13/2020

The much anticipated banners for the 2020 Sturgeon Bay High School graduating class are being displayed throughout the downtown area. Congratulations, and I wish you continued success.

05/13/2020
www.sturgeonbaywi.org

The City of Sturgeon Bay would like to remind you if you have large items that you are looking to dispose of, the City's next Large Item Collection will be Friday June 12th. Registration and fees are due Wednesday, June 10th by noon to be included in this pickup. The form can be found by clicking the link below. Forms will need to be mailed in as our office is closed to the public.

May 8, 2020Contact Josh Van LieshoutCity Administrator Common Council Supports Retailers and Dining Establishments At th...
05/11/2020

May 8, 2020
Contact Josh Van Lieshout
City Administrator

Common Council Supports Retailers and Dining Establishments

At the Tuesday May 5, 2020 meeting of the Common Council, the Council took action to ratify resolutions approved by the Emergency Management Team comprised of the Mayor David Ward and Council President Dan Williams. The Council ratified two resolutions concerning restaurants and retailers. The resolutions had the effect of waiving sidewalk café permit fees and distributing the cost of a Combination Class B Beer and Liquor Alcohol License over three equal payments.

Sturgeon Bay Mayor Dave Ward shared “we know our retailers and restauranteurs are looking at ways to adapt to a new environment, we felt it was important that the City be a part of the solution.” The sidewalk café permit fee is $220, if alcohol is served and, without the sale of alcohol $55. “A permit is still necessary” added Council President Dan Williams, “and allows a business to occupy the public sidewalk space. There are of course spacing requirements and so forth as a minimum clear distance of at least six feet must be maintained so that pedestrians continue to have use of the sidewalk.”

During the Common Council meeting, discussion was had concerning the impact to the City’s budget by waiving fees. City Administrator Josh Van Lieshout shared that budgeted revenues for sidewalks café permits are about $1,500 and wouldn’t have a substantial impact on the bottom line.” Sidewalk cafes are normal feature in an urban landscape and adds to the atmosphere and experience.

Through industry meetings organized and conducted by Destination Sturgeon Bay, the city learned of concerns from some eating and drinking establishments about the $600 fee for a Combination Class B Beer and Liquor Alcohol License renewal. The license fee is at the statutory maximum, and represents about $30,000 of the city’s revenue budget. The statutes have a number of different types of alcohol sales licenses for anything from beer or wine only, to sales of packaged goods like found in grocery or liquor stores. Other alcohol sales outlets have been open and able to operate throughout the health crisis, but the holders of Class B Beer and Liquor licenses, which are restaurants and taverns, have had their business severely curtailed.

“In times like this we realize how much enjoyment we get from going out, be it for a beer after work or a cocktail with friends at dinner. There is an intrinsic social value our restaurants, supper clubs, and taverns bring to life in Sturgeon Bay, Travel Wisconsin has a substantial webpage dedicated just to supper clubs” said Williams. The City Council acted to allow payment of the license fee over a period of time rather than all up front. Ward added “it is hard to ask for such a large fee from an industry that has been largely shuttered since early March. The City has sufficient financial reserves and cash flow to allow distributing the cost of the license into three equal installments over the summer and early fall.”
Both Ward and Williams, believe the City is in good position coming into the ninth week of the Safer at Home orders.

Housing development, business growth and retention as well as economic recovery continue to be focus areas for the City. Van Lieshout said “as of Friday May 8, 2020 there are 19 known positive cases of COVID 19 in Door County. This is a very serious issue and for some grave, but our other issues haven’t disappeared. We continue to look for, including affordable housing. The Community Development department is proactively working on opportunities for economic growth and attracting people willing to help us meet our housing needs.”

“There is good news”, said Mayor Ward “I was pleased by the recent announcement of a naval contract to Fincantieri, who has two yards in Wisconsin, Sturgeon Bay and Marinette. The very visible construction of the maritime tower at the Door County Maritime Museum, the Bliss project in the former Younker’s building, and the plans for the West Waterfront Promenade are all reasons to be optimistic in Sturgeon Bay.”

The City of Sturgeon Bay has once again been recognized as a Bird City in 2020, for implementing sound practices and fos...
05/11/2020

The City of Sturgeon Bay has once again been recognized as a Bird City in 2020, for implementing sound practices and fostering public education on important bird conservation issues.

05/08/2020

Construction Update: E Walnut Drive

Yesterday the contractor finished all of the storm sewer work within the project areas. They are off today but are planning to start the roadway replacement on Monday. They will first remove all of the existing asphalt and curbing. After that is completed they will start to remove and replace the gravel road base. Expect isolated roadway closures while this work is taking place. However, there will be access to driveways at the end of each work day.

Thanks,

Chad Shefchik
City Engineer

05/08/2020

Construction Update: Mill & Pave Roadways

The weather this week was great and our contractor made significant progress on our 2020 mill & pave roadway projects. Current activities and locations are as follows (they are listed in the order that they will be worked on):

The following roadways have all of their concrete curbing and / or sidewalk sections scheduled to be replaced completed. In the near future, after the concrete has cured, the contractor will begin gravel and lawn restorations:
- Louisiana Street from N 4th Ave to N 5th Ave
- Utah Street from S 15th Ave to S 18th Ave (will be completed later today)
- S 15th Ave from Memorial Drive to Texas Street
- Memorial Drive from Utopia Circle East to Utopia Circle West

The contractor is currently removing and replacing concrete curbing and / or sidewalk sections on the following roadways:
- Circle Ridge Place from S Ridgeway Drive to Quarter Deck Lane
- Jefferson Place from N 18th Ave to Kentucky Place
- Bluebird Street from N 12th Place to N 14th Ave

The following roadways have all of their concrete curbing and / or sidewalk sections scheduled to be replaced cut. They will be removed in the near future with concrete replacements to follow shortly:
- S Ridgeway Ave from E Binnacle Place to E Compass Street
- E Binnacle Place from S Ridgeway Drive to S Ridgeway Ave
- S Ridgeway Drive from Tacoma Beach Road to the South Termination
- N 10th Place from Louisiana Street to N 11th Place
- Louisiana Street from N 9th Ave to N 12th Ave

The following roadways are ready for repaving which is tentatively scheduled to start the week of May 18th:
- S Baraboo Ave from W Maple Street to W Oak Street
- Shiloh Road from Division Road to E Leeward Street
- Barrick Road from N Ashland Ave to N Duluth Ave
- W Oak Street from Columbia Ave to N Duluth Ave

The City will have a lot of roadways under construction this year and during these projects access to the project areas will be maintained for businesses and property owners, however, there will be frequent temporary roadway closures throughout the project areas. Therefore, please use alternative routes when possible. Also, reduced traffic within the project areas will result in a safer, more productive, and efficient project that will also allow for the earliest possible completion.

Thanks,

Chad Shefchik
City Engineer

05/05/2020
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Please click on the link below for the City of Sturgeon Bay Ordinance 10.19 pertaining to weed control.

05/04/2020

Please note the 2020 City Wide Garage Sale for the City of Sturgeon Bay has been canceled for this year.

05/01/2020

Construction Update: Mill & Pave Roadways

All of the rain this week did not provide ideal conditions, but the crews from Martell Construction, Inc. did a good job working around the conditions and good progress was made on the 2020 mill & pave roadway projects. Current activities and locations are as follows (they are listed in the order that they will be worked on):

The following roadways have all of their concrete curbing and / or sidewalk sections scheduled to be replace completed. In the near future, after the concrete has cured, the contractor will begin gravel and lawn restorations:
- S Baraboo Ave from W Maple Street to W Oak Street

The contractor is currently removing and replacing concrete curbing and / or sidewalk sections on the following roadways:
- Circle Ridge Place from S Ridgeway Drive to Quarter Deck Lane
- Louisiana Street from N 4th Ave to N 5th Ave
- Utah Street from S 15th Ave to S 18th Ave
- S 15th Ave from Memorial Drive to Texas Street
- Memorial Drive from Utopia Circle East to Utopia Circle West

The following roadways have all of their concrete curbing and / or sidewalk sections scheduled to be replaced cut. They will be removed in the near future with concrete replacements to follow shortly:
- Jefferson Place from N 18th Ave to Kentucky Place

The following roadways have been marked out for concrete curbing and / or sidewalk replacements. They will be cut in the near future with concrete removals to follow shortly:
- Bluebird Street from N 12th Place to N 14th Ave
- S Ridgeway Ave from E Binnacle Place to E Compass Street
- E Binnacle Place from S Ridgeway Drive to S Ridgeway Ave
- S Ridgeway Drive from Tacoma Beach Road to the South Termination
- N 10th Place from Louisiana Street to N 11th Place
- Louisiana Street from N 9th Ave to N 12th Ave

The City will have a lot of roadways under construction this year and during these projects access to the project areas will be maintained for businesses and property owners, however, there will be frequent temporary roadway closures throughout the project areas. Therefore, please use alternative routes when possible. Also, reduced traffic within the project areas will result in a safer, more productive, and efficient project that will also allow for the earliest possible completion.

Thanks,

Chad Shefchik
City Engineer

May is here with some good weather! Bike Month is also here! So, if your looking to start some good habits, why not star...
05/01/2020

May is here with some good weather! Bike Month is also here! So, if your looking to start some good habits, why not start biking. This year the League of American Bicyclists are focused on physical and mental health. Ride for fun, ride for fitness, or ride to change things up.

Maple-Oregon Street Bridge work begins May 4th:The WI DOT has recently contracted with Lunda Construction to complete br...
04/28/2020
Maple/Oregon Bridge – Sturgeon Bay – Bridge Deck Repair

Maple-Oregon Street Bridge work begins May 4th:

The WI DOT has recently contracted with Lunda Construction to complete bridge repairs on the Maple-Oregon Street Bridge. This project will include concrete deck repairs, a polymer overlay, pavement markings, and rebalancing the lift spans. The project is scheduled to start on Monday May 4th and complete by June 19th.

The bridge will not be closed throughout the entire duration of the project but it will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic starting on May 4th. This closure will last throughout the duration of the first phase of work which is scheduled to be completed on or before May 15th. Throughout this time period watercraft that can pass safely underneath the bridge may continue to do so, however, the bridge will be unable to open for larger watercraft from noon on May 5th to noon on May 11th.

For more information the WI DOT has created a project website: https://projects.511wi.gov/maplebr/

Thanks,

Chad Shefchik
City Engineer

Overview (current) Map (current) Overview WisDOT will repair concrete and overlay the Maple-Oregon Street in downtown Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wis. in the months of May and June this year. The project will require a 3-week closure of the bridge. WisDOT will repair concrete and overlay the Maple-Or...

April 24, 2020Contact Josh Van LieshoutCity Administrator Lodging Remains an Essential ServiceAlthough non-essential tra...
04/26/2020

April 24, 2020
Contact Josh Van Lieshout
City Administrator

Lodging Remains an Essential Service

Although non-essential travel had been curtailed by Emergency Order 12 and continues to be strongly discouraged in the most recent order, lodging providers have been able to be open. Lodging facilities, be they hotels, motels or other short term rentals are often home for temporary workers and displaced persons.

Informal complaints about cars with out of state license plates showing up in the parking lots of grocery stores and lodging facilities are periodically passed to the City. “It is a false assumption than a license plate from out of state is a leisure traveler in violation of the Safer at Home order” said City Administrator Josh Van Lieshout. In Door County alone there are four detachments of the Coast Guard and the women and men who make up the service come from all over the country. He added “there are any number businesses and manufacturers that are essential under the Safer at Home order that rely on contractors or technical experts who travel to Sturgeon Bay from out of Door County or the state.”

The Safer at Home order, while strongly discouraging unnecessary travel does acknowledge that some travel is essential, such as returning to your residence, caring for a family member, dependent, or essential business purposes. Sturgeon Bay Mayor Dave Ward pointed out that if his children had to come under that circumstance, there would be licenses plates from three different states.

The need for lodging facilities through the health crisis was evident when a family was displaced by fire recently. Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Tim Dietman shared “when a fire displaces a family they need a safe place to stay, and most often that is a hotel or motel.”

“Right now isn’t the best time for leisure travel, as the weather is still unpredictable and, with the health crisis many of the great attractions like the theatres, art galleries, museums and retail stores aren’t open” said Ward. Efforts are underway however to be prepared for guests and visitors once better weather comes along and travel advisories are relaxed. “Our success this summer, with both the tourism economy and limiting the spread of COVID-19 will be dependent upon how well we all adapt to social distancing norms.”

Sturgeon Bay is a place where people want to be, we have open spaces, an excellent network of parks and a great local culture. When the time is right, we will be ready and will welcome back our guests and visitors. Until then, please stay well and stay safe.

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