Sturgeon Bay Council Approves Forensic Analyst Position

At its Oct. 2 meeting the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved the hiring of a full-time forensic analyst position that will be shared with the Door County Sheriff’s Department.

The city’s personnel committee forwarded the recommendation, noting that almost every investigation by the police department now involves technology. The department had been relying on a patrol officer who worked on cases when not on the street. That officer will now work full-time on forensic investigations.

The city will hire a new patrol officer to fill the vacancy.

The city tabled action on rescinding the resolution adopted in 2017 that asked the state legislature to determine the Ordinary High Water Mark on the west waterfront if the city couldn’t come to a resolution with the Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.

City ad hoc committees will soon be open to a wider selection of members. The Community Protection and Services committee recommended that the city allow up to 20 percent of an ad hoc committee to be made up of non-residents. Alderperson Laurel Hauser said it should improve decision-making.

“Sometimes we need people who are interested in Sturgeon Bay and have an expertise to serve on committees,” she said.

The resolution was approved by a 6-1 vote, with David Ward dissenting.

Business owners with electronic variable message signs will soon have new restrictions in how they can use the signs. The city has an ordinance that doesn’t allow for motion in signage, but signs installed before the ordinance was adopted are grandfathered in. The council voted to end the grandfather status in 2020, after which all signs must adhere to the six-second static message rule.

Business owners argued that they’ve invested in the signs, but can’t use all of its features.

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