Beaver Dam Common Council Tables Ordinance To Merge CDC And Landmark Commission

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night tabled an action and an ordinance that would have merged two committees that handle downtown matters, including the distribution of revitalization grants.  The Community Development Committee, an eight-person committee with two alderpersons, which reviews matters relating to development of private projects that may receive city incentives, would combine responsibilities with the Landmark Commission, which enforces guidelines for downtown façade improvements and consists of five members appointed by the mayor, two alternatives, and three non-voting members.   

The newly formed commission would consist of eight voting members and three non-voting members appointed by the Mayor, and advised by the Mayor, the City Building Inspector, and the City Attorney.   

During open council discussion, Alderwoman Jaci Shelton expressed concern that the functions of the committees were not adequately thought out in the ordinance description.

Alderman Ken Anderson says there should be more officials on the committee than the one the mayor is slated to appoint.   

The ordinance is expected to be rewritten and brought back before the common council at a future meeting.