(Beaver Dam) The candidates for alderman in Beaver Dam’s Seventh Ward discussed the issues with us this week on WBEV’s Community Comment. Among the topics that were discussed was the possibility of Beaver Dam building a fire station on the northside of the city. The council this month approved funding for a study to explore the possible location, staffing requirements and overall need for a second facility.
Incumbent Alderman Robert Ballweg says he is “not certain he supports a northside fire station” because it would not necessarily reduce response time. Ballweg is supportive of looking at staffing and – while he notes that staffing is an ongoing cost versus the fixed costs of bricks and mortar – he believes it will resolve some of the issues.
Jack Yuds says with all the growth on the city’s northside, a second fire station is needed. Yuds says while finding the money is another matter, a second facility is long overdue especially considering how long it took to get the police department out of city hall and into a new facility.
Listen to our conversation with Jack Yuds here:
Listen to our conversation with Robert Ballweg here: