(Beaver Dam) Those running in contested Beaver Dam-area races had the opportunity to speak at Wednesday nights Spring Election Candidates Forum. Ward 12 incumbent Dan Doyle is being challenged by former alderwoman Donna Maly. Ward Two incumbent Mary Flaherty attended the panel discussion; Flaherty’s opponent declined the invitation. Also in attendance, Evonne Boettge and Dale Macheel who are competing for an open Dodge County Board seat in a district that borders Beaver Dam Lake in the Town of Westford and also portions of the Village of Randolph.
The candidates vying for a Dodge County Board seat that borders Beaver Dam Lake weighed in a water quality issues during last night’s Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum. In 2015, a plan to limit sediment and nutrient runoff by requiring farmers to build a 20-foot buffer strip failed to make it to the county board after a split vote in committee. Dale Macheel applauded the voluntary efforts of farmers to educate farmers on better ways to controlling runoff by increasing soil health. Evonne Boettge says that the programs in place are creating a sense of awareness but she says it is important that lakes, rivers, streams and the water table itself are protected from contaminants.
Opponents in contested aldermanic wards in Beaver Dam gave their opinions on changes being considered to the city’s noise ordinance at last night’s Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum. One of the issues still being debated is when quiet hours should be set. Ward 12 incumbent Dan Doyle says if elected officials continue to collaborate with affected residents and business owners to work on a compromise a decision can be made that is a win-win for everyone. Donna Maly says as a former bar owner entertainers should be responsible for loud noises and not the bar owners. Ward 2 alderwoman Mary Flaherty says quiet hours has been a contested issue for years and what is eventually approved should be considerate to all citizens of Beaver Dam.