Meeting to discuss Sturgeon Bay granary called off after council members don't show up

The Sturgeon Bay City Council lacks a quorum Dec. 15, 2017, to discuss the future of the granary building in the city. (WLUK/Don Steffens)

STURGEON BAY (WLUK) -- For the third time this week, an effort to hold a special meeting of the Sturgeon Bay City Council to deal with the granary building didn’t happen Friday because of a lack of quorum.

The agenda listed the sole action item as “Consideration of: Award contract to dismantle, salvage, and store the grain elevator.”

The City Council is expected to take up the issue at the regularly scheduled meeting next Tuesday, Mayor Thad Birmingham said.

After the fire chief ordered the building razed due to safety concerns, the council approved the action -- with the intent to salvage and store the materials while officials decide whether to rebuild the granary in its current spot or a new location.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Historical Society sent a letter to the city, dated Thursday, saying state law requires “negotiation with you to avoid, minimize or otherwise mitigate the adverse effect that will result to the historically significant granary building from its demolition or deconstruction… To that end, we must determine whether the Grain Elevator must be demolished or dismantled, or if other options exist.”

The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society has been among the groups pushing for the building to be saved. It has offered more than $1.25 million for the work to save the structure.

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