UPDATE: Janesville City Council votes to remove Monterey Dam

UPDATE: Janesville City Council votes to remove Monterey Dam

Early Tuesday morning, the Janesville City Council voted to remove a popular city landmark.

The seven member council voted to remove the Monterey Dam.

After the spring election, the new city council could decide to re-vote on the decision to remove the dam.

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The Janesville City Council will be deciding the fate of a popular city landmark. The seven member council will be voting on whether to keep or remove the Monterey Dam.

The dam was built in 1848 before Wisconsin became a state and is a source of pride and nostalgia for residents. However, Department of Natural Resources officials said the dam either has to be removed or repaired because of damages.

“It really is the face of Janesville,” council member Jens Jorgenson said.

Removing the dam and restoring the area would cost $1.1 dollars, which could be offset by a $400,000 grant from the DNR. Repairing the dam would cost $700,000.

The council listened to nearly three hours of lively public comment, including an original song.

The decision made Monday night might not stick after this upcoming spring election because there are four seats up for grabs and the new council could decide to re-vote on the dam.