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RF town planners address safety and speed concerns

Road safety precautions for the town of River Falls was the main topic of discussion Monday, June 18, at a brief Town Board meeting.

Possible changes to speed limits and additions of road signage were proposed after a resident requested a speed limit change for Robin's Crest Road.

"The request is for the speed limit to be set at 25 miles per hour," said Town Board Chairwoman Diana Smith. "To do that, we need engineers to evaluate the road and we would need state approval."

"That would be a pretty expensive proposition," said Supervisor Leroy Kusilek.

Said Smith, "One option is to put up yellow suggested speed limit signs, then we wouldn't need to go through that whole process."

Town Zoning Administrator Jerome Rodewald mentioned the intersection at 739th and 950th streets as another road safety hazard. This area was brought up at May's meeting.

"If people cut that left turn short, they can't see oncoming traffic coming over that hill," said Rodewald. "If they cut that short, they're looking at a head-on collision."

The board approved '25 mph suggested speed limit' signage for Robin's Crest Road and a "left turn must yield" sign at the intersection of 950th and 749th streets.

Town Clerk Ruth Stern had the floor during the later part of the meeting with an election report.

She said 1,200 town residents voted in the June recall election, which was a 73% voter turnout.

"We were only 300 votes short of the last presidential election in 2008," said Stern. "We're expecting at least 1,500 here for November's election."

The Town Board also recapped details of the Farmland Preservation Act. It will create 30 new base farm units consisting of 3,000 additional acres of farmland.