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Committee Continues Discussing Joint Fire District

• The Northern Door Fire District Exploratory Committee met on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Baileys Harbor to discuss the feasibility of making a joint fire district in northern Door County. The fire district would combine the Egg Harbor, Ephraim-Gibraltar, and Sister Bay-Liberty Grove departments in order to consolidate and reduce the administrative work the departments now do separately.

Meetings in November will cover more detailed budget projections and review a presentation committee members will give to municipalities.

 

• The Board of Adjustment heard testimony regarding the conditional use permit for a zip line business in Jacksonport. Testimony went from 6:30 to 11:30 pm, and the board will reconvene to hear more before making a decision.

Gravity Trails owners David Rack and Michael Fischer seek a conditional use permit that would allow them to build a zip line course and run a business on their property, zoned general agricultural, in Jacksonport. The Door County Planning Committee denied the permit, so Rack and Fischer appealed to the county Board of Adjustment.

 

• AT&T told the Village of Egg Harbor it will look at building a cell tower outside the village. AT&T had previously shown interest in building a tower near the post office and concealing it as a clock tower.

 

• Baileys Harbor residents voted 77-7 to allow the town to purchase the Red Geranium property downtown. The house was formerly home to local conservationist Emma Toft.

Red Geranium owners Kathy and Walter Vail want to sell the property and move the store to a smaller, rental location, and approached the town board to see if the supervisors would be interested in purchasing the property.

The building was built in 1868, and is appraised at $173,000. The town could use it as a visitor center, museum and home for the Baileys Harbor Historical Society.

“This is one of the last few opportunities we have to buy a historic piece of property to put our historical society in,” Kevin Egan, former Baileys Harbor plan commission chair, said at the meeting. “I’ve been here since I was a little kid and I keep hearing us say ‘no, we can’t do it.’ We’re running out of the opportunities. We have the money, we’re in a good financial situation due to our town board. Again, this is a no-brainer.”

Some residents were concerned about taking property off of the town tax roll, voiced preference for other property and opposition to paying to keep up the building.