Village May Scale Back Project

The Village of Egg Harbor has four sailboats with trailers for sale. You can see them at the village marina. Bid forms can be found on the village website.

“A lull in enthusiasm” for a planned $2 million library/community center/visitor center in the Village of Egg Harbor may force the project to be scaled back.

At the May 12 meeting of the Village Board of Trustees, both Village Administrator Josh Van Lieshout and Trustee T.C. Johnson alluded to the lull in enthusiasm for the proposed Cowles Community Center project from potential donors.

“No money is coming in,” said Johnson, who suggested the project be sent back to committee to be scaled down to $1 million, with more attention paid to the library and less to a community space/visitor center.

“Maybe fundraising and grants will go better then,” Johnson said.

In other matters:

• The board approved a proposal for improvements to the Paul J. Bertschinger Community Center. “This building needs maintenance,” said Trustee Bruce Hill. Besides general improvements, the project would replace the current roof with a gabled roof. The funds would be taken from the upper terrace project at Beach Park, which was put on hold. A total of $40,000 was set aside for the Beach Park project, but not all of that will be needed for the Bertschinger Center improvements.

• The Village received a plaque and flag naming it a Tree City USA from Tracy Salisbury, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Regional Urban Forestry Coordinator for Northeast Wisconsin. It joins Sturgeon Bay, which has been a Tree City USA for 20 years.

• The board approved a request from Pam Wegner, chair of the Bird City Ad Hoc Committee, for a $250 donation for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon, which raises money to support critical bird habitat and restoration. She explained that as a Bird City, the village will celebrate Migratory Bird Day on Sunday, May 25, with a variety of events taking place in the village, including the help of birding expert Paul Regnier, who will be on hand to talk about birds and birding.

Wegner also informed the board of the donation of a piece of art from the Cinnamon Windmill to be erected at the village’s birding platform, which is being built on County G.

Deputy Administrator Michelle Anderson reported that she completed all the documents needed for the entire county to apply for Bird City status and given them to the Door County Parks Committee to move that forward.

• Paul Denis of Schenck Accounting gave a summary of his firm’s audit of the village and reported that “a lot of good things have been happening in the accounting area” and that the village accounts are in “very good shape.” He gave the village credit for adjusting sewer utility rates earlier this year and said his firm would be monitoring that adjustment. After Denis’ report, Van Lieshout said the village’s sound financial standing is due to “Lynn (Ohnesorge, clerk/treasurer), Michelle (Anderson, deputy administrator/clerk/treasurer) and you guys (the Village Board) for making wise financial decisions.”

• The board decided to end the village’s social media accounts, on the basis that as a public entity, the village must have full accounting of all contacts, and that can’t be ensured with social media such as Facebook. Appropriate announcements will be forwarded to the Egg Harbor Business Association for inclusion on its Facebook page.

• Van Lieshout reported that the four sailboats owned by the village are for sale and on display at the village marina. Those interested in bidding on a sailboat and trailer can find bid forms on the village website,