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The City Council approved at its Aug. 14 meeting River Falls' 2013-2017 capital improvements plan, which is updated every other year and gives an overview of what the city plans to spend on capital improvements. The plan defines those as money spent on utilities, transportation, economic development, city buildings, equipment and parks and miscellaneous. The plan includes $20,895,670 that will be written into budgets between now and 2017.
The St. Croix County Sportsman's Alliance plans to create one more point of access to the Kinnickinnic River in 2013 with a gravel parking lot and short driveway at a picturesque piece of DNR-owned land at 278 N. River Road in the town of Kinnickinnic. Visitors to the two-acre piece of property must park on the side of the road, but the SA's project will produce a 70-foot by 100-foot gravel parking area and short driveway. Kyle Kulow, a watershed specialist with the St.
Multiple human and mechanical forces will converge to offer the Family Fun Fest and All-Vehicle Show 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, along Main and several side streets downtown. Opening ceremonies are at 10 a.m., and the in-case-of-rain date is Sunday, Oct. 7. Organizers say the event enables people to do two good things at once: Enjoy good, clean, mostly free entertainment appropriate for all ages while supporting the fight against domestic violence.
River Falls recently received good news after a thorough once-per-decade inspection in June of its fire-fighting capability and water capacity: The Insurance Services Office rated the city excellent. Insurance companies commonly use the ratings ISO assigns -- called public protection classification (PPC) -- to calculate property-insurance costs. If the rating gets worse, insurance cost is likely to increase -- if the rating stays the same or gets better, insurance cost will remain the same or decrease.
A topic at the Sept. 4 Plan Commission meeting was about the next-and-final phase of development planned to start next month at Comforts of Home on Aurora Circle, located on the city's southern tip, corner of Hwy. 29 and County Road FF. Developer Goldridge Capital Management, LLC, owns the development, and Comforts of Home operates the facilities. Building of the retirement and assisted living development started in 2006. Goldridge slightly altered its original plan from five buildings to four, triggering the need for the Plan Commission and City Council to approve the change.
Bird enthusiasts can follow a feather-loving flight path to a special, free event 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the public library. Two bird clubs will sponsor avian enthusiast and photographer from Bhutan, Chubzang Tangbi. The St. Croix Valley Bird Club, which has many members and activities in River Falls, and the St. Croix Falls-based Gaylord Nelson Audobon Society partnered to bring the event to both their memberships and communities. "This will be our first joint effort," said local member of the SCVBC Cathy Olyphant. "Everyone is very excited about him coming.
City Engineer Reid Wronski said Monday that the Cascade Avenue reconstruction project is in its final stages and expected to be finished, with the road open, by mid-October. To some it looks finished enough to bear traffic, but it still lacks finishing touches and for safety's sake, must stay closed until those are finished. Crews are working in the median, on the sides of the road, and soon -- on erecting multiple streetlights. Wronski explained that the "final" surface has not been applied to the roadway yet.
The City Council took no action at its Tuesday meeting to challenge Mayor Dan Toland's veto of a liquor-license approval it granted by appeal with a 4-2 vote at the Aug. 26 meeting. Toland sent written notice of the veto two days later. No one offered discussion when the mayor read the agenda item, which said: "Communication of mayoral veto regarding operator's license for Jennifer Campbell -- discussion and possibility of Common Council override of veto." The council initially denied the 20-year-old woman a license because her record did not meet the guidelines.
A Facebook post created Sunday night by pastor of St. Bridget Catholic Church, Rev. Gerald Harris, gives information about the victim of a bus-versus-pedestrian accident that happened late the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 7. The boy is identified as Jacob Wheeler, a 7th grader at Meyer Middle School. He is at Gillette Children's Hospital, awake and talking, with injuries to the bones of his lower legs, pelvis and ribs. Harris' post, directed to the 'members of St.
Young Mackenzie "Mac" Gill left her hometown for college last week having graduated two 12-year courses of study in 2012: Traditional academics through the River Falls School District and classic Indian dance through local instructor Jocelyn Gorham. Gill displayed her well-polished skills in bharatanatyam, a major form of dance in India, during a July 21 arangetram at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. The dance debut lasted about two hours, complete with live musicians and costume changes.