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Planning a wedding or graduation party in the town of River Falls this season?

Then you might want to review the town's new law regulating large gatherings on town property.

A public hearing was held at the Town Board's Monday, March 19, meeting to discuss the proposed law. No residents attended the public hearing.

The law that was then passed unanimously requires residents to have a permit to hold medium, large, or fee-based gatherings.

Residents must write out a plan showing compliance with items such as parking, sanitary facilities, traffic control, and a list of neighbors in order to be granted a permit for these gatherings according to a written copy of the ordinance.

Permit fees will be discussed at a future meeting.

Throughout the month of April, the town of River Falls will sponsor a roadside litter cleanup campaign.

Every Saturday and Wednesday, the town will ask town residents to clean the trash out from their section of the roadside ditch and then bring it to the Town Hall Recycling Center for free disposal.

Recycling center hours are Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.

The town's website will soon get a makeover. The Town Board approved an upgrade of its current website Monday night as well.

Town Web Design, the company that made the town of Kinnickinnic's and the town of Hudson's websites, is contracted to update the old site, which hasn't had a touchup in 15 years.

"This is the direction we need to move toward," said Town Supervisor, Siri Smith.

Town Clerk Ruth Stern is responsible for producing the content for the site. It will cost the town $1,800, plus yearly maintenance costs.

"This seems to be reasonable, and I'm not a computer person," said Town Board Chairwoman Diana Smith. "And if it makes sense to me, then that's scary!"

Finally, the board will apply for two state trust fund loans: 1) For about $102,000 to partly cover the cost of a new dump truck and 2) For $125,000 to cover road construction costs.