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Sturgeon Bay city council members leave during granary talks

The Sturgeon Bay granary is seen, Dec. 15, 2017. (WLUK image)

STURGEON BAY (WLUK) -- The fate of a Sturgeon Bay landmark has not been decided on.

Tuesday afternoon's city council meeting on the historic granary got heated.

Council members, Laurel Hauser and Barb Allmann, both walked out -- meaning the council again, did not have enough members present to vote.

A decision on a recommendation from the fire chief to raze the building was delayed again.

The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society has raised $1.5 million to keep and renovate the granary.

But concerns over safety still remain.

"I'm very proud of the council women, trying at least to stop a perpetual litigation saving a historic building for the state of Wisconsin," said Sturgeon Bay Historical Society president, Christie Weber.

"I'm still trying to digest what happened. Ultimately we cannot act whether or not to award a contract to raze or dismantle the granary elevator because we didn't have quorum," said Sturgeon Bay city administrator, Josh VanLieshout.

The council is expected to debate the issue again when it meets Jan. 2.

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