GREEN BAY —
Brown County officials are still trying to decide what should be
done with a 55-acre island off the southern shore of Green Bay.
The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers is in the process of transferring Renard Island
over to the county. The property was built by the federal
government in 1979 to store contaminated material dredged from the
Fox River, WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1tF6LZQ
The county board
voted unanimously in May to take ownership of a road leading to
the island. Officials hope efforts to turn the causeway into a
permanent structure will be completed soon, according to Dean Haen,
Brown County's port director. Future planning can take place one
the road is ready, he said.
the horizon," he said. "So the county then transitions
from focusing on closure activities to wondering and trying to
determine what the future for that 55-acre island will be."
officials will eventually discuss what could be built on the
island, with a focus on financial feasibility. Past conversations
have explored transforming the island into a recreational area,
wildlife conservatory or amphitheater.
is, we have a 55-acre piece of property, on the waterfront, and
there's got to be valuable, recreational opportunities for that
property," Haen said.