Mayville Officials Approve Ordinance To Join Beaver Dam Municipal Court

(Mayville) The Mayville Common Council Monday night adopted an ordinance to join Beaver Dam’s municipal court. Mayville Police Chief Jim Ketchem says there are several benefits for the city including reduced fines, an additional $5 for each citation and flexible court schedules. Mayville could see $3,000 to $5,000 extra in revenues each year from the additional $5 for citations. Ketchem says the city could also save close to $5,000 in attorney fees because Beaver Dam’s municipal court settles most of their citations due to the lower fines. He adds that joining Beaver Dam’s municipal court could lead to fewer overtime hours for Mayville officers. He says officers do not need to attend the initial court appearance because Beaver Dam’s municipal court already provides a court officer.  Ketchem says Mayville citizens could vote for or run for municipal court judge in future elections. Beaver Dam currently handles all municipal ordinance or traffic infractions for the village of Neosho, the towns of Rubicon and Ashippun and the city of Waupun. Those municipalities would have to pass their own ordinance before Mayville could join.  Ketchem says if that happens, Mayville would likely join Beaver Dam’s municipal court either by the end of this year or by early 2020.