Beaver Dam Officials Lay Out Borrowing Plan

1/10/12 – A joint meeting of Beaver Dam’s Administrative and Operations Committee’s was held last night to look at the city’s Capital Improvement Plan. The CIP lays out borrowing needs for the next five years for infrastructure improvement projects and major equipment purchases. In 2012, Beaver Dam is proposing to reconstruct Prospect Avenue from Keller Boulevard to Eilbes Avenue in conjunction with a state Highway 151 project. In addition, two stretches of North Crystal Lake Road may see mill and overlay work along with the city-owned, downtown Center Plaza parking lot. Projects on the wish list for 2013 are tied to the state’s reconstruction of Highway 33, including portions of Front Street and 33 that are not part of the state’s plan. In 2014, the city wants to reconstruct portions of East Davis Street and West Burnett while doing mill and overlay work on parts of Henry Street, Prospect Avenue, Beaver Street and Front Street. Officials in Beaver Dam are also proposing to borrow for a dump truck, minor upgrades to the library, handicap-accessible playground equipment, and state-mandated repairs to the dam, along with a new ambulance, rescue boat and pumper truck for the fire department. The fire department is also seeking $250,000 next year to remove asbestos from their section of the building and construct classrooms in the former police department. However, council President Jon Litscher wants to see that project moved to 2013 as part of his plan to keep borrowing levels at $1.6 million for the next three years. The joint committee is expected to reconvene to consider approval of the borrowing plan on January 30.