News April 21, 2009

Changes Coming to the City of Beaver Dam

Last night’s Beaver Dam Common Council meeting was the last one for Aldermen Clancy Knaup (left) and Mark Born (right). Both men were presented with Certificates of Appreciation for their years of service to the community.

4/21/09 – Demolition of nine buildings in downtown Beaver Dam could begin on June 1. That’s according to Mayor Tom Kennedy who updated the council last night on the downtown renovation project. Kennedy says general contractor WDS Construction of Beaver Dam will have their subcontractors in place by next week. A preconstruction meeting will be held with the contractors, city officials and the DNR on May 1 and a timeline will be finalized. Kennedy says the city is tentatively looking at remediation work to begin May 4. The first structure to be demolished will be the Julie R Danceware building on South Center and then crews will move easterly along the 100 block of Front Street before staring work on the 200 block of Front Street. The culverts will likely be removed starting sometime between July 8 and July 15. Kennedy also announced that the city received court approval in a property default hearing to tear down the structure believed abandoned at 151 Front Street. The county is also proceeding with foreclosure efforts on that property following years of unpaid taxes. City and county officials say the property owner failed to respond to repeated attempts to establish contact. The city recently acquired nine of eleven buildings located over the Beaver Dam River, which is a violation of state statute. While no order has been made, the DNR could have mandated their removal at any time. The city is hoping to secure grant funding to cover all or some of the costs of the $2.6 million dollar project. Kennedy is confident that Beaver Dam will see at least some of that money.

YMCA of Dodge County Talks Partnership with City of BD

4/21/09 – The city of Beaver Dam may have another option in their search for a new Community or Senior Center. The YMCA of Dodge County received the go ahead in committee last night to move forward with the preparation of a one-page feasibility study that would identify shared resources between the Y and the city and the potential benefits of collaboration. The Y will pick up the costs of hiring a professional fundraising and consulting firm to conduct the study and also work with the city in writing the document, which should be complete this summer.