• Door County Judge Todd Ehlers dismissed a Kewaunee County farm’s appeal of its state-issued pollution permit. Last October, Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Boldt issued a permit to Kinnard Farms for expansion, with the conditions that the farm install at least six monitoring wells to test area groundwater and limiting the number of cows the farm can have. Boldt also referred to the tainted wells in Kewaunee County as “massive regulatory failure.” While Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp was concerned about Boldt’s “editorializing,” she refused the Kinnard request to overturn the judge’s ruling. Ehlers’ June 16 ruling upheld the DNR’s motion to dismiss the challenge. The citizen challenge of the Kinnard Farms expansion began Oct. 2012.
• The Open Door Bird Sanctuary met its $4,000 fundraising goal for its bird center, with $2,000 in multiple donations that was matched with $2,000 from a very generous anonymous donor. The donations are being used to build the new bird care center, which is critical to the sanctuary. It will feature a working sink/food prep area, space for food freezers, indoor cubicles for housing birds, storage, and even a “flyway” for training. Go to facebook.com/opendoorbirdsanctuary to see the latest construction photos of the bird care center.
• The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has launched updated and improved calendars listing upcoming public meetings and public hearings conducted by the agency. The new calendars are searchable and they are also mobile friendly for viewing on smart phones and tablets. The calendars are found at new locations on the DNR website, so anyone who has bookmarked or linked to the previous calendar web pages will need to update the bookmarks or links. There will be a redirect in place from the previous calendars to the new calendars. To find the new calendars, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords “meetings” or “hearings.” The public can now also subscribe to receive a weekly mailing of public hearings and public meetings that the agency will conduct in the next week. To subscribe, click on the email icon found in the footer of the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, to “subscribe to updates for DNR topics,” and enter an email address and follow the prompts. The DNR Hearings and Meetings subscription is found under the “Announcements & News” category.
• Mayor Thad Birmingham and the Common Council of the City of Sturgeon Bay announced that four finalists out of a total of 19 applicants will be interviewed on June 29 and 30. The four candidates are Brian Chapman, Ryan Heise, Mark Masciola and Josh Van Lieshout. Chapman is employed as the Organizational Development Specialist in Oshkosh, Wis. Heise is employed as the director of operations in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Masciola most recently served as village administrator/treasurer in South Barrington, Ill. Van Lieshout is pursuing his certificate in public management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is employed as administrator of the Village of Egg Harbor.
• The Town of Baileys Harbor is offering paper shredding from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, June 27, at the Recreation Park.