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Council plans for Glen Park renovations

RIVER FALLS -- The City of River Falls is continuing to move forward with plans to enact changes to Glen Park, which are laid out in the city's parks master plan. During its March 28 regular meeting, the River Falls City Council authorized City Administrator Scot Simpson to enter an agreement with ISG for "professional services" for design work for renovations at Glen Park.

The preliminary design service fee is $89,855. Staff had estimated this fee would be $128,000.

The city also approved a request for city assistance from a middle school LEGO League team. The kids compete using robots they've built from Legos, and control via computer programming. They are also required to do a service project that fits with the theme of the year.

Coach Jeremy Odegard spoke at the meeting, explaining that students have decided to support the UW-River Falls service animal training program by holding a Paw-A-Thon fundraiser, planned for May 6, to raise money to help pay for dog food, etc.

The Paw-A-Thon will include a 5K which can be traversed by humans and their canine companions. The event will also include other entertainment such as demonstrations by area K9 units, and more.

The request for assistance was passed with no dissenting votes.

The council also:

• Approved city assistance for Town 'N Country Day, this year set for 8-11 a.m. Sunday, June 11 at Dick's Fresh Market and 1-3 p.m. at Security Financial Bank's parking lot.

• Approved a contract for fire protection services between the city and the River Falls Rural Fire association for 2018-2022. There have been only minor changes to this contract from the 2010 contract. This includes the towns of Clifton, Kinnickinnic, Pleasant Valley, River Falls and Troy.

• Awarded a $52,573 bid for the 2017 sewer lining project to Visu-Sewer Inc. Sewer lining coats the inside of clay pipes that aren't in good condition with a material that seals off any cracks or gaps in the pipes, and can extend the life of the pipes. The process will also include using video equipment to review areas of the city's pipes that haven't been checked yet with this method, to inspect their condition.

• Authorized council member Diane Odeen to replace council member Scott Morrissette on the Kinnickinnic Cooperative Plan and Agreement Committee. Morrissette has served on this committee since 2012. He announced he'd step down and recommended Odeen as his replacement at the last meeting.

• Terminated tax increment district (TID) 4, the industrial park, created in 1988. It's estimated that future taxes generated by the TID will have an estimated increment value of $15 million. A final audit must be completed, and any excess tax increment revenues must be distributed to other taxing districts.

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Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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