Beaver Dam Acquiring Downtown Parcel From County

(Juneau) Action this week by the Beaver Dam Common Council and Dodge County Board has paved the way for the city to take possession of county-owned land where a former president once spoke. The Dodge County Board on Tuesday approved the sale of the downtown property with delinquent taxes to Beaver Dam. On Monday, the Common Council signed-off on purchasing the vacant lot located along South Center Street at Ryan Cantafio’s Way. The city will pay the county just over $30-thousand dollars to acquire the space which is equal to the principle amount of unpaid taxes. Additionally, Beaver Dam will not have to pay the $9-thousand dollars interest. The funds for the purchase will be used from the TIF-district where the land is located and all proceeds will go into the county’s general fund. The property had been the site of the Milwaukee House building which had fallen into a state of disrepair and was demolished seven years ago. City officials noted that Grover Cleveland delivered a speech there. As part of the purchasing agreement, Beaver Dam will take responsibility for any legal or environmental issues that may arise from the property. While there is no specific plan in place, Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen has said that it is in the best interest of the city to maintain control of the property and added that the land will be used for redevelopment purposes.