(Beaver Dam) Elected officials in Beaver Dam are considering a multi-million dollar plan to relocate the Department of Public Works and Parks facility from the south side of the city to the north side. Mayor Becky Glewen explained on WBEV’s Community Comment that the relocation was identified in a facilities study a decade ago and is needed to not only help preserve expensive equipment but also because the current facility has safety issues. She says it is a hazardous situation for city employees and because of the lack of space she is worried that someone could get injured.
There are three options before the council that involve moving the DPW site away from a residential area to one of the city’s business parks off Industrial Drive behind Conagra Foods, formerly Birdseye. Glewen says when she heard the cost she was shocked and upset, hoping initially it would come in closer to $8-million dollars.
The most expensive option is a precast building totaling $13.4-million dollars. The second option replaces the precast building with a pre-engineered building at a cost of $11.9-million dollars. The third option is essentially the same as option two with costs reduced down to $10.2-million dollars by decreasing the square footage while also using a pre-engineered shell for the building and scaling back technology.
Glewen says the higher-end option looks more professional, allows for future growth and will hold up better over the years than the lower cost options. The lower cost option only has enough room for what the city currently needs.
If the DPW site is relocated, the current facility could still be retained as a yard waste drop-off site. City officials will be discussing the DPW relocation on Monday as they begin making amendments to the city’s borrowing plan for next year. At least two alderpersons have indicated that they would like to see the matter put before the voters in a spring referendum.