City Aims to Combine Cycling, Traffic Committees

Two of the City of Sturgeon Bay’s boards and committees would be combined into one entity under a proposed ordinance that had its first of two readings during the Common Council’s July 5 meeting.

The measure would repeal the city’s Parking and Traffic Committee and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board and create instead a five-member Local Transportation Board with three council members and two citizen members.

City administrator Josh Van Lieshout said the city created the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board more than 10 years ago to look at the city’s sidewalk networks and bicycle routes, as well as some goals for bicycle and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure and other amenities.

“That board has met semi-consistently for the last eight to nine years or whatever it’s been,” he said. “Lately, as the city has been more aggressive about putting these sidewalks with the street projects and has done a good job of renewing our bicycle transportation plan and receiving various awards for being bicycle friendly, the use and activity of that committee has somewhat fallen and diminished to the point where it has been a challenge to get quorums and getting people to fill those seats.”

Van Lieshout said that as a result, the Parking and Traffic Committee favored incorporating the duties that are part of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board as part of its committee.

“The Parking and Traffic Committee is a standing committee of the Common Council, so what this ordinance does is it takes the Parking and Traffic Committee, as well as assign the duties that had been part of the [Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board], and melds them into one [governmental body], so we’ll still have some nonelected representation along with the members of the Common Council.”

The proposed ordinance, which will be considered for final approval during the council’s July 18 meeting, would establish three-year terms for the two citizen members.

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