(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night awarded contracts for a pair of projects intended to enhance the downtown. A $253-thousand dollar contract was given to Janke General Contactors of Athens for installation of the much-talked about pedestrian bridge near the Watermark in the tower parking lot. Funds come from the Capital Improvements Plan. General enhancements to the downtown Tower Parking lot – which includes the Rotary Riverwalk Park –
will be handled by Forest Landscaping and Construction of Lake Mills. The $519-thousand dollar contract will be paid with funds from the Downtown Rejuvenation Account. The city is also hoping to get up to a half-million dollars in state grants for street reconstruction projects near downtown. The council approved moving forward with a grant application, and a guarantee of matching funds, for a Community Development Block Grant for five streets including Beaver, West, Front, Haskell and West Maple. The city previously secured a half-million dollars in block grants for the $1.9-million dollar reconstruction of Phase Two of South Spring Street, which was supposed to happen this year but is being delayed by higher than anticipated construction costs. The previous grant did help fund the aforementioned pedestrian bridge but the bridge project is moving forward anyway.