Waupun May Contract With Beaver Dam Municipal Court

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam’s Administrative Committee Monday night advanced a resolution that would have the city’s municipal court handle cases from Waupun. It would not cost the Beaver Dam anything and would generate $33 for each non-criminal offense from the community, like municipal ordinance and traffic violations. Currently, all of those infractions are handled in either Dodge or Fond du Lac County Circuit Court, at great expense. For example, Waupun currently has to pay to have an officer and a city attorney at every municipal case handled in circuit court. That would only be needed in Beaver Dam’s courtroom if the case goes to trial. Waupun writes around 1000 tickets a year, compared to 2700 on average in Beaver Dam. Municipal Court Judge Ken Peters says the additional cases will not have a noticeable impact on workload. Waupun would cover the costs of software and licensing through the state. The Beaver Dam Municipal Court handles currently handles cases in the city and Town of Beaver Dam along with the village of Neosho and the towns of Rubicon and Ashippun.  The Beaver Dam Common Council will vote on the contract agreement with Waupun at their next meeting and the collaboration should be in place by late summer or early fall.