What Happened

• Voters across Door County chose their local representatives in the spring election April 6. Washington Island and Sturgeon Bay school districts each passed referendums, while Thad Birmingham won the race for Mayor of Sturgeon Bay. Complete election results are available at

• The Sister Bay Village Board approved a moratorium proposed by Administrator Bob Kufrin at its meeting April 13. Kufrin proposed a six-month moratorium on the issuance of zoning permits for drive-in, drive-up and drive through restaurants. The Subway restaurant proposal for what was submitted on the parcel south of Wulf Brothers is exempt from the moratorium. The moratorium would end by December 2010 or six months after the Plan Commission deals with the Subway proposal.

• The Town of Egg Harbor recognized Darrell Lautenbach for his years of service on the town board at its annual meeting April 13. Lautenbach retired from the board this year.

• The International Joint Commission extended the deadline for submitting public comment on the report, “Impacts on Upper Great Lakes Water Levels: St. Clair River,” by one month. Comments may be submitted via the Web site or by emailing [email protected], or mailing to: U. S. Section Secretary: International Joint Commission, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Fourth Floor, Washington, DC 20440.

Commissioners will make recommendations to the governments of the U.S. and Canada about whether remedial measures to control lake levels should be pursued. Comments are due by May 10, 2010.

• Bay Shipbuilding Company, Door County’s largest employer, announced the likely layoffs of 89 employees before the end of spring. Last August the company announced that it would lay off 405 employees in phases over the winter. Door County’s unemployment rate is at 12.5 percent.

• Organizers of the Steel Bridge Songfest secured approval to close streets to stage the sixth annual event this June. The concert will be staged on Michigan Street at the foot of the Historic Michigan Street Bridge June 10 – 13. Tickets are available by calling 800.895.0071.