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Another year, another Harvest Fest. This time the occasion will fall under guidelines set by a recently passed town law.

A temporary liquor license was granted to David Kusilek at the River Falls Town Board meeting Monday, July 16, for the family's annual festival.

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The event will be Aug. 24-26 and will be the town's first application and usage of the Large Gathering Ordinance approved last March.

Kusilek's "Harvest Fest" at W10175 690th Ave. is regarded as a "medium gathering" consisting of 301-500 people at any given time for a period of less than eight hours.

"This will be our first run through of this ordinance," said Town Zoning Administrator Jerome Rodewald. "We'll see how it works out."

A permit is required for the festival under the law as well as a plan showing compliance with the following regulations:

  • Sanitary Facilities
  • Drinking Water
  • Solid Waste
  • Traffic Control
  • Parking
  • Fire, ambulance, and Sherriff emergency plans
  • List of neighbors within a quarter of a mile from the site.

Kusilek was given a temporary liquor license contingent upon submitting an application showing compliance with these criteria.

Town Recycling Administrator Michele De Long-Reiter presented the board with her proposed costs for the E-Cycling program.

E-cycling, or the recycling of electronics, is a DNR-run program that the town has been in for four years, according to De Long-Reiter's report.

It raised $14,971 in 2012, which is up from $12,433 in 2011.

Through this program, residents can recycle such items as:

  • Computer monitors, $10
  • Computer keyboards, $2
  • Laptop computers, $10
  • Wide screen televisions, $30
  • VCR or DVD player, $5
  • Satellite or cable boxes, $3

The town's recycling hours are 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays April through October, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays year round.

Those who placed items on 950th Street honoring Sarah Goldbach can redeem them by contacting Town Board Chairwoman Diana Smith.

The property owners where this memorial was set up have asked that these items be removed.

A cross will remain on the site in memory of the teenage girl who died in a car crash at the intersection.

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