Beaver Dam Council Approves Apartment Complex, Grant Changes

(Beaver Dam) A new residential apartment complex on the north side of Beaver Dam was approved by the common council Monday night with five dissenting votes. The multi-million-dollar project would consist of four, six and eight unit single-story buildings totaling 82-apartments spread out over 12-acres. Concerns from elected officials included objections from the fire chief over a lack of sprinklers, which are not mandated by the state. Also, the plan as approved currently only includes one access point and the fire chief encourages two in a subdivision even though, again, it is not required by state law. Michelle Foote with Infinity Real Estate of Juneau says the company is currently working with the township on the second access road. Fire Chief Alan Mannel says he was disappointed to see another apartment complex constructed without sprinklers given the recent deaths of two people at a 16-unit apartment complex. Current state statute only requires automatic sprinklers be installed in buildings with 20 or more units or over 16-thousand square feet in size.  The developers hope to close on the property next month and immediately begin construction.

The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night also approved changes to the city’s façade improvement grant program. The matching grant is available to property owners in the downtown revitalization district and is intended to beautify the area through a partnership with public and private dollars. The grant requires a 66-percent match on the part of the property owner capped at $5000. The changes approved Monday apply only the 100 and 200 blocks of Front Street, increasing the match to 50-percent and capping the maximum project cost at $10-thousand dollars. Other changes approved allow for the backside of buildings to be considered for grant funding, joining the front and sides of structures. In addition, artistic features – including but not limited to murals – will continue to be considered for grant funding but only ten-percent of the fund can be used for art.

Waupun residents can now run for municipal court judge in Beaver Dam. City officials in Beaver Dam Monday night approved that change, one month after each community approved a collaborative agreement that will see ordinance and traffic violations from Waupun handled in Beaver Dam. The partnership will not cost Beaver Dam anything and will generate $33 from each non-criminal offense from Waupun. With roughly 1000 cases from Waupun expected, the annual revenue is projected at $33-thousand dollars. Currently, all of those infractions are handled in either Dodge or Fond du Lac County Circuit Court. The Beaver Dam Municipal Court also handles cases in the Town of Beaver Dam along with the village of Neosho and the towns of Rubicon and Ashippun.