(Beaver Dam) City officials in Beaver Dam have taken the first major step toward building a new Department of Public Works facility. The common council, meeting in special session Monday night, approved the $1.75-million-dollar purchase of the former Evoqua building. The 89-thousand square-foot structure at the end of Commercial Drive will be repurposed as part of a $10.2-million-dollar plan to relocate DPW from South Center Street to the Lakeside Business Park.
City Director of Facilities Todd Janssen outlined the issues saying that in addition to space and safety problems there are also concerns with code compliance and contaminated soil.
City Director of Administration Zak Bloom ran through the numbers saying the building will be purchased with funds on hand, later borrowing for the entire $10.2 million dollars over 20 years at 2.25-percent before replenishing the city coffers.
Alderman Dave Hansen cast the only vote against the plan saying the new facility is needed but cannot support moving forward because the time is not right to raise city taxes.
The plan would cost taxpayers $60-per year for every one-hundred thousand dollars in property value. The purchase of the property by the city would remove $18-thousand dollars from the tax rolls resulting in an additional impact of $1.43-per hundred thousand. While the bulk of the DPW facility would move to the new location, the old location may be retained for some services.