(Beaver Dam) Like many municipal boards across Wisconsin ushering in another round of elected officials, the Beaver Dam Common Council Tuesday held their inaugural meeting virtually. There is one new face on the council as the appointment of Ward 12 Alderperson Zack Zopp was approved at Monday’s regular council meeting. Zopp replaces former alderman Dan Doyle who moved out of the district.
All incumbent alderpersons in Beaver Dam’s odd numbered wards ran without opposition and now begin two-year terms. That includes alderpersons: David Hansen, Jon Abfall, Mick Fischer, Jack Yuds, Jaclyn Shelton, Kay Appenfeldt and Kevin Burnett. The council approved the mayor’s slate of committee assignments, including the Police and Fire Commission, Plan Commission, Housing Authority, Community Library Board, Lake Development Corporation, Board of Review and Board of Appeals. Not included was the proposed Landmark and Community Development Commission, a merging of two existing committee’s which is still being debated at the council level. Alderman Ken Anderson voted against the committee assignments.
Ward Nine Alderwoman Jaclyn Shelton replaces Anderson as chairperson of the Administrative Committee, to which new Alderman Zopp was assigned. Ward One Alderman Dave Hansen remains chair of the city’s other major standing committee: Operations. Hanson would also be chair of the proposed Landmark/ CDC Commission. Ward Four Alderman Chris Olson was again sworn-in as council president, with one dissenting vote from Anderson. The council meets again next on Monday, May 3 and – according to the mayor – the meeting will be streamed on YouTube.