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Town of RF: After all costs get sorted out, road projects OK'd

Roadwork season is in full swing in most areas and the town of River Falls is no exception.

Bids for road projects were analyzed and presented at the town's May 16 meeting.

After going through the numbers and going over the current budget, Town Highway employee Brian Weber was able to determine which roads fit best, what the bids were and what the town can afford to pay.

With a budget of only $219,514, the town made a list of the top four priority roads.

Weber suggested that both Birch Cliff (1015th) and Scenic View (920th) be milled and paved.

Town Board Supervisor Brad Mogen asked, "Are these the two highest priority roads?"

Weber noted that they were among the four town roads that were deemed a priority to be milled and paved this year.

Other roads he recommended were Sunview (805th) and Cottonwood (790th).

Though Weber would prefer to address Sunview first, the cost of the work would put the town $24,000 over budget.

Mogen suggested setting aside some money from the 2011 budget to allocate for work on Sunview in 2012.

Town Chairwoman Diana Smith said it was important to get the two roads that the town could afford done this year and plan on doing the remaining two roads in 2012.

She would also like to see a five-year future road work plan so that town planners could have some idea of what to expect in the future.

After discussing and weighing roadwork options, it was decided to do the 1.72 miles of Birch Cliff and Scenic View that fit best into the budget.

The roadwork contract was awarded to Monarch Paving of Amery for a total of $153,466. The remaining $66,048 will be used on miscellaneous road projects throughout the town.

Also at last week's meeting, Recycling Center Administrator Michele DeLong-Reiter introduced the new recycling center employees, Lynn Graven and Cameron Nyquist.

Graven has lived in the town of River Falls for 18 years with her husband and two children.

In addition to now working at the recycling center, Graven also works at Westside Elementary School as a special education paraprofessional.

A student majoring in art at UW-River Falls, Nyquist had lived in the town since he was in seventh grade. According to DeLong-Reiter, "...both have been working for about a month and they are doing great."

In the last few weeks the Town Board has met with the town employees to discuss and renew their contracts. Weber, DeLong-Reiter and Town Highway employee Rob Schaar all had their contracts renewed without pay raises.

The board will meet with Deputy Zoning Administrator Jerome Rodewald, to discuss his contract.

Margaret Blair, W9800 770th Ave., filed her annual mobile home park license application to continue having multiple mobile homes on her property.

One mobile home is occupied by Blair and the other is occupied by her son, Richard Blair.

The Blair mobile home park license application was approved by the Town Board with stipulations that no more than two mobile homes be on the property.