Sister Bay seeks sign ordinance input

• The Village of Sister Bay is soliciting comments on its new draft sign ordinance. Citizens are encouraged to comment on the ordinance in person on March 10 at 5:30 pm at the Sister Bay Fire Station, or by contacting Village Administrator Bob Kufrin prior to the meeting at [email protected] or 920.854.4118.

The Plan Commission has been working for several months to try to develop a sign code which is more responsive to the concerns of business owners. The method of calculating the area of permitted signage is now a function of the width of the front of the building. The wider the building the bigger the sign and the narrower the building the smaller the sign. The wording in the draft is more detailed. A spreadsheet was also developed to provide the Plan Commission with some idea of how wide some buildings are as well as the approximate area of business signage.

The probable next step is to have a formal public hearing on a draft on April 7 with final approval after the hearing. The Plan Commission would like to move ahead so that businesses can take advantage of these changes before the summer tourist season begins.

• Door Kewaunee Legislative Days in Madison will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12 – 13. The purpose of Legislative Days, held every other year since 2003, is to educate state officials about the area and to lobby for state action to help address local issues and concerns. This is the first year that Door and Kewaunee Counties are working collaboratively on this event; a number of Kewaunee County residents participated in 2009.

The Door Kewaunee Legislative Days 2011 has a website,, with information on registration, legislative agenda nominations, sponsorship opportunities, and links to legislative leaders.

To submit input for the 2011 agenda, contact the Legislative Days Agenda Committee Chair, Rob Burke, at 920.743.2260 or [email protected]. For additional event information contact Bill Chaudoir at 920.743.3113 x 203 or [email protected].

• The 2011 Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism is coming March 6 – 8 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Vist for details.

• The Village of Ephraim invites residents to a planning meeting for Fyr Bal Festival. Ideas are sought at the brainstorming session scheduled for Feb. 23 at 9 am at the Winter Visitor Information Center.

• The Door County Buy Local Steering Committee approved their 2011 Work Plan and programming schedule. The committee plans to invite all Door County businesses, organizations and consumers to become members by signing the Commitment Certification; host bi-monthly networking events, dispersed around the county; conduct a member survey to identify member needs and identify target market; grow the Buy Local membership of food producers, processors, distributors and consumers; encourage local governments and non-profits to adopt local purchase preference policies.

Those interested in joining the Buy Local initiative, hosting or sponsoring a networking event, or learning about the importance of buying locally should visit