News – March 10, 2009

Committee Advancers WDS Hiring

3/10/09 – The Beaver Dam Operations Committee last night voted 4 to 2 in favor of hiring WDS Construction as the general contractor for the city’s downtown redevelopment plan. Aldermen spent nearly two hours questioning WDS Vice President Steve Westra about the details of the contact for demolition, culvert removal and partial restoration. WDS was hired to provide the city with a maximum cost of the project. Westra says demolition costs for the nine downtown structures are $630,000 while removal of the culverts was capped at $200,000. The figures include $75,000 for contingencies. Westra says one of the biggest unknowns is the condition of the riverbed underneath the buildings. Another exemption that could not be factored into the maximum cost is the issue of the common wall surrounding the Fountain Inn Tavern. The structure is targeted by the DNR for demolition but owner Jay Hoeft has no plans to sell his property to the city. A tentative completion date indicated in the contract is September 30. The Operations Committee will review suggested contract changes next Monday prior to consideration by the full council. Also Monday night, the council will consider borrowing $1.76 million to cover the costs of acquisition, demolition, culvert removal and partial restoration. It will also allow the city to maintain a $150,000 balance in their capital improvements fund.

Hoefs Accused of Snow Club Embezzlement

3/10/09 – A Beaver Dam woman is accused of embezzling from the Fox Lake Snowmobile Club. Jennifer Hoefs is charged with a felony count of Theft in a Business Setting for allegedly stealing nearly $13,000 over an 18-month period when she worked as treasurer for the organization. According to the criminal complaint, the 35-year-old wrote checks out to herself and cashed them to pay bills as she was going through a divorce. Hoefs had a signature bond set at $1000 and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 23. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Concrete Works Charged For Not Working

3/10/09 – A Beaver Dam man faces a felony charge of Theft By Contractor for failing to complete a construction project for the Lowell Fire Department. Casey McNicol of Concrete Works Unlimited is accused of accepting $5700 in cash for materials last year and then using those materials on another project. The 27-year-old had a signature bond set at $1000 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 26. McNicol faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison and fines of up to $10,000 if convicted.

BD Man Charged with Electronics Thefts

3/10/09 – A Beaver Dam man is charged with Theft for allegedly stealing stereo equipment from Audioworx Unlimited in Burnett. Kendall Schlagel stole over $5000 in electronics last summer. The owner of the store said he thought the 22-year-old was his friend until he saw all the stolen property in his truck. Schlagel faces up to 9 months in prison if he’s convicted. Signature bond was set at $500 and a return date scheduled for April 4.

Defendant Implies Threat Toward Deputy

3/10/09 – A Columbus man is accused of making threatening statements to sheriffs deputies following a court appearance. Josiah Allen Kaiser was at a Temporary Restraining Order hearing last month and learned his firearms would not be returned. As the 29-year-old exited the proceeding, deputies say he became verbally abusive and began posturing in a threatening manner. According to the criminal complaint, Kaiser stared the deputy down and said he doesn’t “have any problem getting rid of any cops.” He reportedly refused to leave the lobby of the courthouse until he was persuaded by another officer. Kaiser faces 90 days in jail if he is convicted on the misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct charge but because he is a repeat offender he could have two years added to his sentence. A signature bond was set at $500 and a return date scheduled for April 6.