Beaver Dam Council Approves Assessments Should Madison Street Properties Annex Into City

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night approved a resolution that would assess township property owners on Madison Street for water and sewer if they choose to annex into city limits. In 2019, Beaver Dam entered into a developer’s agreement with Kwik Trip to extend water and sewer mains along Madison Street to their new gas station at County Road G. Kwik Trip took on 100-percent of the upfront costs with the understanding that the company would recoup 50-percent from township property owners when and if they annexed into the city.

Council President Mike Wissell says the resolution allows the city to exercise special assessment powers should the property owner’s chose to annex into the city.

City Administrator Nathan Thiel says if Madison Street property owners choose to annex into the city, they would be required to tap into city water and sewer and pay the related costs.

Director of Engineering Todd Janssen clarified Monday that under state statute, an individual property owner could be forced to annex if the majority of neighboring property owners decide to annex, which is based on 51-percent of the proposed annex area. However, Janssen says in this circumstance, several township property owners have a touchpoint with the city. And Thiel noted that there does not appear to be a lot of support from Madison Street property owners to annex.