Family Center May Seek City Pond Property

2/14/12 – The city of Beaver Dam may have found the ideal site for another one of its storm water management ponds. The basins are part of a state DNR-mandate that requires municipalities to filter pollutants from storm water. Officials are trying to construct one pond a year. While several locations have been identified, Beaver Dam is running out of city-owned property and has already had several sites rejected, for everything from contamination concerns to a wetlands designation. Officials say they have identified an ideal spot near Prospect Avenue and Jacob Gassen’s Way, right near the Family Center. For starters, the grassy field is located at the intersection of two large sewer mains. The project would also tie-into the city’s 2013 reconstruction of Prospect Avenue which is being done in conjunction with a state reconstruction of Highway 151. As a result, Consulting City Engineer Mike Laue says Beaver Dam would be able to save around $100,000 by selling dirt from the property to the state for use in Highway 151 ramp construction.

As part of their due diligence on the project, city officials advised the Family Center board of their plans last month. Family Center Board President Paul Uttech told the city’s Operations Committee last night that the non-profit organization has long considered making an offer on the city-owned parcel to add a second ice rink. Operations Committee Chair Laine Meyer questioned whether there has been a formal proposal for purchase of the city-owned parcel by the Family Center. Uttech says it has not gotten to that point because the restrictions on the property limited its use and it would take a major capital campaign to afford it. Meyer says the city’s options are limited to the point that they may have to consider building the water filtration ponds in city parks. At Uttech’s request, Meyer agreed to revisit the idea next Monday but said unless the Family Center project was certain to happen, he would support city efforts to comply with the DNR.