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Council Considering Closing Portions of 1st Ave., Jefferson St.

City of Sturgeon Bay: The Common Council is expected to make a decision on closing portions of First Avenue and Jefferson Street at the request of Fincanteri Bay Shipbuilding at its 7 pm meeting on Dec. 15. A public hearing was held on the issue on Dec. 8, at which sentiments were divided between going forward with the plan, considering alternatives and denying the request.

Bay Shipbuilding Vice President and General Manager Todd Thayse kicked things off by explaining that the company wants to purchase the former Palmer Johnson buildings and close the adjacent street that separates the two properties.

“This potential acquisition of Palmer Johnson property would help us consolidate our position here in sturgeon Bay and further our commitment to shipbuilding in the Sturgeon Bay area,” he said.

The hearing turned into an opportunity for neighbors of Bay Shipbuilding to air other concerns about the business, including dust, noise and diesel fumes. Among those speaking in support of the closure were Rep. Joel Kitchens, Bill Chaudoir of the Door County Economic Development Corp., Pam Seiler of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center and Door County Board of Supervisors Chair Dan Austad, whose family owns the Ace Hardware are the corner of Third and Jefferson. Those speaking against cited safety concerns, traffic backups, noise issues and the future possibility that Fincanteri could pull out of Sturgeon Bay. Several people suggested the city negotiate a deal with the company to reopen the streets should the company ever close.

County of Door: The Highway Committee meets at 8 am on Dec. 14. The Board of Health meets at 4 pm on Dec. 14. The Administrative Committee meets at 8:30 am on Dec. 15. The Law Enforcement Committee meets at 8:30 am on Dec. 16. The Land Conservation Committee is tentatively scheduled to meet at 8:30 am on Dec. 17. The Resource Planning Committee meets at 2 pm on Dec. 17.

Door County Tourism Zone Commission: The group meets at 9 am at the Jacksonport Town Hall.

Town of Baileys Harbor: The town board meets at 6 pm on Dec. 14.

Town of Egg Harbor: The Plan Commission meets at 6 pm on Dec. 14.

Town of Gibraltar: The Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport Commission meets at 9 am on Dec. 17.

Town of Jacksonport: The Plan Commission meets at 8:30 am on Dec. 14. The Parks Committee meets at 7 pm on Dec. 14. The town board meets at 7 pm on Dec. 15.

Town of Liberty Grove: The town board meets at 7 pm on Dec. 16.

Town of Union: The town board meets at 6:30 pm on Dec. 15.

Village of Egg Harbor: The village board meets at noon on Dec. 14. The Utility Committee meets at 10 am on Dec. 16. The Library Ad Hoc Committee meets at 1 pm on Dec. 17. A Joint Fire Commission meeting will be held at 7 pm on Dec. 17.

Village of Forestville: The Plan Commission meets at 5:30 pm on Dec. 17, followed by the village board at 6 pm.

Village of Sister Bay: The Marketing Committee meets at 3 pm on Dec. 15. The village board meets at 6 pm on Dec. 15.

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