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City passes budget, amends snowmobile routes

At its Nov. 10 meeting, the River Falls City Council moved briskly through its agenda and took action on several items.

It council:

  • Passed the 2010 budget (outlined in the Nov. 5 print edition of the Journal.
  • Voted to amend the city's snowmobile route, adding access at Quarry Road and deleting it along several streets that don't connect to county trails.
  • Authorized renewal of the city's employee health- and dental-insurance plans, with premiums increasing at 8 percent and 5 percent respectively.
  • Agreed on how interest will be paid to the city for the tax-increment finance district #4 in the north-end industrial park.
  • OK'd an amended legal description for a piece of land just north of City Hall that was formerly River Street until the city vacated it this year.
  • Approved minor tweaks to the wording of the River Falls Economic Development Corporation's management agreement.
  • Heard a first reading of an ordinance that will increase River Falls' room tax from 5 percent to 8 percent.
  • Discussed a grant River Falls received from the Department of Homeland Security to pay 70 percent of the price for about 50 upgraded radios, which the city's police, fire, ambulance and public works departments will use.
  • Consented to contract for another year with Appleton-based Associated Appraisal Consultants, Inc., to assess property in the city in 2010 for a fee of $20,500 plus $10 per piece of personal property and $10 per mobile home.