• The Sturgeon Bay City Council voted to remove the designated bike lanes on Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay, return parking to both sides of the road and move the centerline back to the middle of the road.
Last spring, the city council approved installing new bike lanes along Michigan Street, which is designated as a bike route in the city’s Bicycle Master Plan. That eliminated parking on the south side of the street and created a bike lane on the north side of the street from First Avenue to Hwy 42/57.
• The Nature Conservancy has expanded its preserved area in Door County by over 122 acres at the North Bay, Shivering Sands and Mink River sites. The newly preserved 40 acres at the Mink River Preserve provides important habitat for the endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly. The 65.42-acre parcel of land at the Mink River preserve will add almost 2,000 feet of shoreline on the Mink River, which provides spawning, nursery and foraging habitat for local wildlife. The 17 acres of land added to the Shivering Sands preserve conserves white cedar swamps and coastal conifer forest.
“We’re very pleased we were able to work with landowners in Door County to add these lands to our preserves,” said Mary Jean Huston, Nature Conservancy director in Wisconsin. “These natural areas and others in the county sustain our native plants and wildlife and attract thousands of visitors each year to enjoy the outdoors.”
The Nature Conservancy applied for Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program grants and anticipates funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant program to cover the costs of the purchase.
• The Wisconsin Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining and Revenue held a hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 18, regarding Senate Bill 132 and the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit.
Senate Bill 132 would increase the amount of tax relief given to private developers fixing up historic buildings from five to 20 percent, and could help the city of Sturgeon Bay with its West Waterfront Redevelopment Project.
For more information, read “Wisconsin Could Increase Tax Credit for Renovating Historic Structures” in the June 14, 2013, issue of the Peninsula Pulse.
• Wisconsin schools were ranked by the Department of Public Instructions in the 2012-13 District and School Report Cards, released on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The report cards rank schools based on student growth and achievement, closing gaps between student subgroups, postsecondary readiness, test participation, absenteeism and the dropout rate.
Schools can be placed in five categories: significantly exceeds expectations, exceeds expectations, meets expectations, meets few expectations or fails to meet expectations.
Here’s how Door County schools ranked:
- • Gibraltar Area School District: exceeds expectations
- • Sevastopol School District: exceeds expectations
- • Sturgeon Bay School District: exceeds expectations
- • Southern Door School District: meets expectations
- • Washington Island School District: meets expectations
To see more detailed information, log on to reportcards.dpi.wi.gov.