Beaver Dam Lake District News
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The same people that filed the original petition disputing the number of required signatures recently filed a motion for reconsideration by Judge De Vries. County Corporation Counsel Kim Nass presented reply brief supported by affidavit from Dodge County Land Information Manager. On February 26, 2021 the court found no basis for reconsideration and denied the motion.
On November 10, 2020 Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Martin De Vries dismissed a petition that was filed earlier in the year challenging the formation of the district. He indicated in his opinion that there was no case against the formation of the Lake District and that the district had been legally established following the guidelines established by the state of Wisconsin. With the law suit settled the five appointed commissioners will now continue to manage the affairs of the Lake District.
The Beaver Dam Lake District was established by a vote of the Dodge County Board on March 17, 2020.
The District is governed by five commissioners consisting of three elected from the residents or property owners within the district, one appointed by county board and one appointed by the town or city having the largest assessed value of property in the district (the Town of Westford). However until the first annual meeting the three commissioners representing the residents or property owners are appointed by the county board.
The current Beaver Dam Lake District commissioners are:
Representing the residents or property owners: Dale Maas, Richard Hiley and Bill Boettge
Representing the county board: Bill Foley
Representing the Town of Westford: Nicki Hupf
The first meeting of the initial board was held on April 24, 2020. At this meeting the following were elected as officers of the commission: Bill Foley, Chairman; Bill Boettge, Secretary and Richard Hiley, Treasurer.
State statute charges the initial board of commissioners with responsibility of getting the district up and running including the expending necessary funds required to conduct the affairs of the district until a budget is adopted at the first annual meeting.
Because of COVID-19 and the postponement of the first annual meeting until the summer of 2021 the initial period runs until December 31, 2021. At that time the budget approved at the summer 2021 meeting will take effect.
These organizational and initial operating costs are shown on attachment A to Resolution 2020-2 (click here). Per State Statute 33 these costs may be recouped through an initial assessment of all taxable property within the district. This initial assessment voted by the commissioners in the aggregate amount of $48,834 to be allocated equally to each taxable parcel in the District in the amount of approximately $45.80. This will appear of each Districts tax payer’s property tax bill sent out in December 2020. These funds are for the operation of the district until December 31, 2021.
The Beaver Dam Lake District commissioners at their July 8, 2020 board meeting passed Resolution 2020-2 regarding the operation of the lake district. (click here for copy of Resolution 2020-2). The commissioners determined that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a meeting of the District’s electors and property owners could not be held in a safe and responsible manner in 2020 and that the District’s first Annual Meeting shall therefor be held at a date to be determined between May 22 and September 8, 2021. The initial three commissioners representing the electors and residents in the district appointed by the county board will serve until that meeting at which time the three commissioners elected by the electors and property owners in the district will take office.
The current board of commissioners looks forward to being good stewards of the water and land that compromise the Beaver Dam Lake and to collaborate with the BDLIA and other partners and stakeholders.