Beaver Dam Citizens Weigh in on Wet/Dry Vote

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

The signs are up around the city of Beaver Dam, showing people there feel strongly about the wet-dry vote.

"The reason I'm for the wet/dry vote is the economics for the area."

Wally Betts says he is not for or against alcohol, but if it helps Beaver Dam, then he wants the vote to pass.

"People in the area are spending money outside the county, and this will draw some of that money back into the county. And that will help the economics of the city of Beaver Dam."

Beaver Dam's Police Chief, Jim Burke, has his reasons for supporting the vote. "If the issue were to pass I don't think that we would have as many impaired or drunk drivers. A lot of the times when we arrest drunk drivers, they're coming form other counties because that's where they have to go to purchase alcoholic beverages."

Chief Burke also says if the wet/dry vote is passed, the illegal bootlegging business in Beaver Dam would be hurt because people could buy alcohol legally at businesses.

"These coolers could be stocked with beer if the wet/dry vote in Beaver Dam is passed. But management says the only way they'll carry beer is if the competition does as well."

Tom Shelton opposes the sale of alcohol in Beaver Dam no matter what. "It's a substance that doesn't need to be out there, but it is. It always has been. And Ohio County is well served without it."

Beaver Dam's Mayor Mary Pate says she represents all the people in the community and will work with whichever choice is made.

"We're a very small tight-knit community and we are all friends. And there have not been a lot of negative issues with this. They have been very respectful to each other and I totally commend our community."

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