Egg Harbor Chooses New Administrator

Four finalists for the Egg Harbor village administrator position spent the day in the village on Aug. 17.

“It was a long day,” said outgoing Administrator Josh Van Lieshout, who takes up his new job as administrator of the City of Sturgeon Bay on Sept. 1. “Candidates came into town and spent the morning circulating between trustees. We had a lunch and brought in the department heads. In the afternoon the candidates interviewed with the department heads and myself. They got a good flavor of the community and what’s going on here, and in the evening we had the formal interviews.”

Van Lieshout said one woman was among the four finalists.

“I think we had a good cross section of skills and abilities,” he said. “I’m sure the village would have done well with any of the candidates. It’s really exciting for the village. I was impressed with these candidates.”

The village board of trustees then chose a candidate and made an offer.

“I can’t release any information until after he’s accepted and we’ve executed an agreement,” Van Lieshout said on Aug. 18. “As soon as that happens, we’ll call a quick board meeting and approve the contract. It could be yet this week or Monday.”

While the candidate was not revealed by Pulse press time, here are a few issues the new administrator will have to deal with:

• The village is in the middle of planning for a reconstruction project of its downtown, from Harbor School Road to County E. Public meetings were held in April to hear from the community and from engineering and design experts on making the corridor more biker and pedestrian friendly and unifying the village’s identity. The village hopes to start awarding bids in September, with work expected to begin in December and completed by June 2016. That work is expected to include burying overhead utility lines.

• A fundraising campaign is under way for a new community center that will include space for a larger library and visitor center. An ad hoc committee continues to meet on the center.

• The power outage that resulted from the Aug. 2 storm has brought calls for a generator to be installed at the village hall as a safe shelter area for residents, especially for a winter power outage.

• Restaurant grease is a big issue in the village. The grease is emulsified in the hot water of dishwashers and flows through the system, only to accumulate at the village’s wastewater treatment plant, where a lot of labor is involved in chiseling and scraping the grease. The grease makes it hard for the ultraviolet sanitizing system to work, which could mean a coliform problem down the road. Utility Committee Chair John Heller said while in-street grease traps are expensive – particularly for the plumbing required inside the establishments that produce the grease – an estimate of the cost should be done on one of the businesses. He suggested Shipwrecked be used to estimate what it would cost to plumb for an in-street grease trap.