The Beaver Dam Community Development Committee approved new benches, planters and hanging flower baskets for the city’s downtown Tuesday.
The committee has been charged with guiding how the $580,000 the Common Council allocated to downtown revitalization will be spent. A huge chunk of the $580,000 is going toward landscaping and the benches and planters are the start of that.
Installing the 16 benches will cost about $21,000, while the planters will cost $10,000.
Although with downtown beautification, the city’s main focus is the 100 and 200 blocks of Front Street, the objects will be placed around the downtown area, such as in front of the Watermark on South Center Street.
‘The thing I’m thinking about, are we trying to, or in the long run, thinking about trying to develop some kind of walking path where we would spread out these benches and have people be able to relax as they’re doing this walking path,” committee Chairman David Hansen said. “If we develop and put too many downtown, then it looks cluttered, so maybe it’s not a bad idea to move of these benches away from downtown if that’s our ultimate goal.”
Mayor Becky Glewen said people have been asking for benches and the city could even add more in the future. The city is seeking $500 sponsorships to help pay for them.
Committee members also discussed receiving no bids to do landscaping work in the green space next to Ming’s Garden, 150 Front St. Possible contractors said to reach out next year which the city will do. The small space is owned by the city and sits in front of one of the murals installed in 2017.
The committee continues to consider purchasing buildings downtown and tearing them down to make way for a path and additional access to the new Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre building on West Maple Avenue.
On Tuesday, the committee went into closed session to discuss buying the parcel from 128-132 Front Street that includes Kornely’s Craft Shop and the parcel at 111 Maple Avenue where there used to be a dry cleaners. The committee members took no action after the closed session.