(Beaver Dam) After over two hours of presentations and discussion on both sides of the issue, the Beaver Dam Common Council last (Tuesday) night cast a split vote tabling the placement of a referendum on the November ballot seeking to fund a half dozen new positions in the fire department. The hiring’s are the conclusion of a staffing study that also recommends the construction of a northside substation, which would not be part of this referendum.
Chief Alan Mannel says call volume has been steadily increasing while staffing levels have been stagnant. Mayor Becky Glewen told the council that not enough work has been done to justify inclusion on the fall ballot. She says conversations are ongoing about nationwide EMS shortages and a study in Dodge County is not yet complete.
The budget impact ranges from $487-thousand dollars next year to $607-thousand dollars in 2026. The additional staff are expected to reduce overtime costs by up to $110-thousand dollars. The impact for property owners would be $44-per $100-thousand dollars of assessed value. The motion to table was made because last night’s agenda did not include an opportunity for the public to weigh in on the matter.