BD Council Reverses Hiring Decision

3/6/12 – The Beaver Dam Common Council last night unanimously reversed a decision from their previous meeting. On a split vote last month, the council tabled plans to hire MSA Professional Services for engineering work on the city’s newest business park. The vote to table was led by Alderman Robert Ballweg who said it would irresponsible to taxpayers to award a $300,000 contract without going out for bid. But supporters said it would be foolish to have another engineering firm jump into the middle of a project, especially given the fact that MSA is the city’s contracted consulting engineer and has worked on this project since the beginning. After much discussion last night, Ballweg reversed his position. His original opposition was not so much against MSA doing the work, as it was the mayor’s speedy time frame in moving projects forward. Administrative Committee Chair Don Neuert says his committee decided last night to discuss as a future agenda item the drafting of a policy regarding the bidding process. Kennedy did not speak to his specific role in the bidding process during yesterday’s council meeting but did say that he is looking at the big picture and did not want to slow the process by switching company’s mid-project. Beaver Dam is currently expanding TIF #4 on the north side to include a third business park. The resolution approved last night allows MSA to conduct engineering work on infrastructure, like electric and water utilities, and the construction of a north side water tower.