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What Happened in Door County?

• About 50 residents and business owners attended a May 22 informational hearing to discuss the reconstruction of Bay Shore Drive (Highway 57) in Sister Bay in 2013 – 2015.

The reconstruction will include the reconfiguration of the Highway 57/42 intersection on the Sister Bay hill by the Mission Grill. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans to move that intersection by routing Highway 57 where Gateway Drive is now, placing the intersection at the top of the hill near St. Rosalia’s Catholic Church.

The village is still debating whether to bury power lines through the downtown are as part of the project.

Those who couldn’t attend the meeting can view plans on the village Intranet site at intranet.sisterbay.com. Comments may be emailed to Jeremy Ashauer of the DOT at [email protected].

• The Sevastapol School Board and agriculture teacher Dale Carlson are going ahead with a plan to turn the school’s vet science and horticulture classes into accredited science courses. The board gave Carlson the go-ahead to seek approval from the state at its May 21 meeting.

During his presentation, Carlson stated that getting the classes accredited was one of the best things the school could do to prevent students from leaving via open enrollment.

If the plan is approved by the state, the classes will become accredited science courses as of the 2013-2014 school year.

Southern Door school district will hear a similar proposal from agriculture teacher Jeanne James, who has partnered with Carlson to work towards accreditation, at its next meeting.

• Sturgeon Bay area business owners and officials met May 16 to discuss next year’s closure of the Highway 42/57 bridge, and the prospect of more tourists stopping and staying in Sturgeon Bay.

“We’re using this as a fantastic way for people to discover Sturgeon Bay and discover what we have to offer,” said Randy Morrow of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center.

A focus of the meeting was on the proposed traffic routes that will be used to re-route traffic through downtown Sturgeon Bay. The DOT has laid out routes that send northbound traffic up Neenah Avenue and down 5th Avenue before eventually leaving the city via Egg Harbor Road. Southbound traffic would enter the city via Egg Harbor Road, proceed down Jefferson and 3rd Avenue, and then leave town via Green Bay Road. Neither of these routes is set in stone.

Another Sturgeon Bay Bridge Closure Opportunity meeting will be held June 20 at 8:30 am.