News May 11, 2009

Remediation Work Begins in Downtown BD

5/11/09 – Remediation work on the downtown Beaver Dam redevelopment project gets underway today. Mayor Tom Kennedy says the remediation activity will include the removal of asbestos, lead paint and other hazardous materials in the ten buildings that will be razed on South Center and Front Streets. The buildings are located in a flood zone over the Beaver Dam River. The remediation process, being contracted by A & A Environmental of Poynette, will last approximately two weeks. Industrial Service Company of Chicago will perform the demolition work, with initial work slated to begin May 18. The first building to fall will be the former Julie R Danceware during the week of May 25.From there demolition will progress to the 100 block of Front Street before finishing with the five buildings on the 200 block of Front Street. Kennedy says motorists and pedestrians can expect portions of the parking lanes and sidewalks adjacent to the project to be closed during the project. There will also be a 15-mph speed limit in the project zone. Work is expected to be finish by September. A Downtown Redevelopment Opening Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 22 at 11am on the 100 block of South Center Street.

Fox Lake Sewer Rates To Increase $52 Over Eight Years

5/11/09 – The City of Fox Lake has requested DNR approval to begin work on court-mandated sewer system improvements. The 2007 Department of Justice court order was issued followed heavy flooding that occurred in April of 2004 resulting in wastewater bypassing the treatment plant and settling into surrounding wetlands. The city is planning to construct a wastewater storage basin and other sewer replacement or repair projects as part of the court order. The storage basin will be located on six acres in the southeast corner of the Industrial Park. The open earthen lagoon would have a storage capacity of seven million gallons. The city would also repair, replace or extend nearly 14,000 feet of sewer as part of a series of separate construction projects beginning next year. The improvements are needed to replace aging sewers and to eliminate existing sewer capacity and overflow problems. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.8 million, paid for with federal grant funding and utility fee increases. Beginning in 2011, the typical residential utility customer in Fox Lake will see their rate increase from $79 to $131 by the year 2018. The estimate also includes an expected upgrade to the city’s wastewater treatment facility. The DNR is accepting written or oral comments on the project through May 22. Contact information: Tom Gilbert, Wastewater Facility Planning Coordinator, 101 South Webster Street, Madison. By phone at (608) 267-7628 or by email at [email protected]

Beaver Dam Citizens Police Academy Week 8: Fire and EMT Training

5/11/09 – The Beaver Dam Citizens Police Academy held a recent session 90 feet above the city. It was part of the Fire and EMT Training session of the 10-week course. The fourteen citizen cadets were able to don turnout gear, drive an ambulance, test fire hoses and ride the fire trucks ladder into the skies above Beaver Dam. Citizen Cadet Terri Heiling says the class has been a real learning experience. Heiling, the wife of a Beaver Dam firefighter, says she has gained new insight into the hard work of emergency responders. The Beaver Dam Citizens Police Academy will graduate its fifth class of citizen cadets on May 20.

BDCH Nurses Raise $5K in 5K Race

5/11/09 – The nurses of the Beaver Dam Community Hospital raised over $5500 this weekend. The 5K Challenge Nurses Run-Walk-Roll had 120 participants Saturday morning. Hospital President Kim Miller says the money raised will benefit the Beaver Dam Hospital Foundation to fund scholarships for those entering the healthcare field. Donations are still being accepted through the Beaver Dam Hospital Foundation.