(Beaver Dam) A referendum to fund eight new positions in the Beaver Dam Fire Department may not be going to the common council after all, after the city’s Police and Fire Commission this week rescinded the recommendation that was approved last month. PFC Chair Jeff Kohman says the commission reversed course because questions arose after the vote about costs of the plan, not to mention concerns with the pandemic and related economic uncertainties.
The hiring’s were the conclusion of a study released earlier this year on staffing and the construction of a northside substation; the second station would not be part of the referendum. The eight positions recommended include six personnel to staff a third ambulance around the clock along with a dedicated fire inspector and a training chief.
Another meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday to further explore the issue and perhaps make another recommendation to the common council for a referendum possibly with a lower price tag.
Fire Chief Alan Mannel wants to see the matter settled before August 25th, the deadline to get a referendum question on the November ballot. Kohman says if there is no change at next Tuesday’s meeting, the matter is expected to be revisited next spring.