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Landmark Commission to make itself better known in downtown Beaver Dam

December 8, 2017 GMT

In the coming months, the Beaver Dam Landmark Commission will mail letters to downtown business informing them about how to get in touch with the commission.

Landmark Commission Chairman Michael Firchow passed around a form that the city would mail to downtown business during the Wednesday night meeting. The form explains the application process for certificates of appropriateness. It will also provide information on architectural ideas and branding.

Mayor Becky Glewen said she would like to include a letter from her explaining the city’s role in downtown Beaver Dam’s future. The form will be available on the city’s website.

In August, the commission began to assess how commission members can be more helpful to downtown business. During that same month, Community Care Preschool and Child Care, 130 E. Maple Ave. in Beaver Dam, was fined for completing exterior enhancements without proper permits or notifying the city’s Landmark Commission.

At that time, Renae Henning of Community Care said she was unaware of the Landmark Commission’s coverage area and wasn’t aware of the Landmark Commission’s function.

Soon after, the commission began reviewing its guidelines and assessing how it can be more helpful to the downtown business community.

The Landmark Commission oversees the Redevelopment District that covers downtown Beaver Dam. It was created in 2011 and has broad authority to review and approve or reject exterior improvements, signage and appearance of buildings in the Redevelopment District.