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Town of River Falls: Board tours Town Hall, comes up with to-do list

The May 2 River Falls Town Board meeting kicked off with an adventure of climbing ladders up to an attic and wielding flashlights to explore a dark basement.

Town Board Chairwoman Diana Smith and supervisors explored these seldom-used areas of the Town Hall. They found things to fix but no major surprises.

Supervisor Brad Mogen pointed out that "...there are no real problems in the attic."

Smith noted the lack of insulation.

Mogen felt it would be easy to insulate the attic.

Other than the lack of insulation, Supervisor Siri Smith commented that it was "clean and dry." All were relieved that there were no bats in the attic.

Bids will be sought for insulating the attic.

After the adventure in the attic, board members inspected the basement.

Mogen noticed that the " in the basement needed to be resealed." Siri Smith questioned whether that would trap a musty smell.

Town Highway Department employee Brian Weber replied, "With the dirt floor, that should not be an issue. It would be another story if it was concrete."

Siri Smith also pointed out that there will be air flow through the stair well.

Diana Smith again noted the lack of insulation. She would like to see one of the inside foundation walls repaired, as well as the outside of the foundation.

Bids will be sought for tuck-pointing the foundation, fixing the inside foundation and insulating.

Siri Smith commented on the wrought-iron desks discovered in the basement, wondering if they could be salvaged.

Diana Smith agreed, "We will clean up and salvage the things that are down there."

Diana Smith declared the board's indoor field trip was "...overall, a great adventure."

Zoning Administrator Jerome Rodewald introduced the new town intern, Ron Tourville.

Tourville is replacing current intern Abby Rodewald, who is going to be interning in the Grand Teton National Park this summer.

Tourville, completing his last year at UW-River Falls, will graduate with a degree in land use planning and brings experience with him. He has worked construction as well as served in the military.

Supervisor LeRoy Kusilek asked him: "Packer fan?"

Although being from Amery, Tourville replied no, that he was born in St. Paul.

While not a Green Bay Packer fan, Tourville was accepted by the board to be the new town intern and will work at least through the summer.

Recycling Center employee Michele DeLong-Reiter reported a hazardous waste incident at the recycling center.

Someone left hazardous materials -- paint, spray paint, antifreeze and other items -- in one of the bays, ignoring recycling center signs warnings against doing so.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department was notified and is investigating.

DeLong-Reiter is looking for a way to dispose of the hazardous materials. Otherwise, the town will have to wait until September for Pierce County's hazardous waste disposal day.