Beaver Dam’s 2019 Borrowing Plan Advances Out Of Committee

(Beaver Dam) City officials in Beaver Dam trimmed around $1.2-million dollars from their borrowing plan for next year in committee Monday night. The proposed 2019 Capital Improvements Plan initially totaled just shy of $4-million dollars with the bulk of the proposed borrowing for road maintenance, around $3-million dollars.

The request for Phase Two Downtown Revitalization initially totaled $250-thousand dollars. After multiple motions to reduce or eliminate the borrowing failed, the council ultimately settled on trimming proposed downtown funding to $181-thousand dollars.

The next item to be scrutinized was $200-thousand dollars for a parking lot for a new soccer complex near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Alderman Ken Anderson, who consistently votes against exceeding the city’s self-imposed borrowing cap of $1.65-million dollars, championed the parking lot saying it will draw people from outside the community. The $200-thousand in borrowing was trimmed to $70-thousand and the remainder of the money is coming from funds already borrowed for a bridge connecting Starkweather Drive to Edgewater Park. The bridge, costs for which came in above projected bids last year, has been shelved indefinitely.

Attention then turned to streets. An attempt to delay the $950-thousand-dollar reconstruction of Roosevelt and Warren streets until future budgets stalled when it was learned that the condition of the roadway could pose a public safety risk. However, a motion to delay the $1-million-dollar reconstruction of a stretch of South Spring Street for two years gained unanimous support from the committee.

There was a closer vote on the reconstruction of the alley north of Front Street between Spring and Center streets. On a four-to-nine vote, the project stayed in the proposed borrowing plan, buoyed by the positive impact it could have when the new community theatre in completed and a building is razed to create a walkway to the Tower Parking Lot. It was also noted that the changes would result in better drainage and a reorganizing of the electrical wiring.

The committee then approved the borrowing plan at $2.71-million dollars, which is lower than the $2.78-million dollars approved last year. There were three dissenting votes. Alderman Anderson said he had more motions to bring forward before the final vote was called and voted no. Council President Robert Ballweg voted no because of that, he anticipated debate on other areas of the borrowing plan. Alderman Mick Fischer voted no because the amount that would be borrowed exceeds the city’s self-imposed limit.

The borrowing plan could still be amended when it comes before the council for a vote on November 19, the same night the city is expected to adopt its 2019 budget. In order the approve a borrowing plan that exceeds $1.65-million dollars, it would need the support of eleven of the city’s 14 alderpersons.