Purchase of Delinquent Property Advances Through Committee

10/16/17 – The Beaver Dam Administrative Committee last night approved the purchase of land in the downtown redevelopment district. The parcels along South Center Street at Ryan Cantafio’s Way have delinquent property taxes due. Dodge County Corporation Counsel Kimberly Nass says pending action by the full city council, the county would begin proceedings to acquire the property in a process similar to foreclosure. The properties have just over $200-thousand dollars in unpaid property taxes, fees, penalties and interest but Nass says the county is only interested in recouping the property tax amount which is just over $100-thousand dollars. Alderman Ken Anderson was one of two committee members who voted against the purchase. Anderson says the city is going to get stuck with millions of dollars in environmental cleanup costs. City Attorney Mary Ann-Schact says the city already has a good idea of the contaminants because a study was done recently when WDS Construction was interested in the property before they decided to build their headquarters in the city’s newest business park. Schacht says that she has had conversations with the Department of Natural Resources and was assured the contaminant risk was low. Worst case scenario, says Schacht, is that it would be used as a municipal parking lot for the Watermark Community and Senior Center, which is just across the street. Mayor Becky Glewen has bigger plans for the parcels. Glewen notes that the property has been identified in a downtown revitalization study the council recently approved at her recommendation. She says it is in the best interest of the city to maintain control of the property, even though there is not a specific plan in place. The money to purchase the land would be borrowed and paid back with revenue from TIF District 6.  The full common council will vote on the land purchase next month.