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River Falls City Council briefs: Bids and budgets

The River Falls City Council took a first look at its 2018 budget during its regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14.

The 2017-18 budget was reviewed in 2016 and again last month. No changes were recommended. The proposed levy amount is $6,222,000 for 2018. The total proposed budget for 2018 comes to $41,829,197.

This was first reading of the budget; the council will vote on it Tuesday, Nov. 28.


The council approved a resolution to refer an annexation application and petition to the Plan Commission for its report and recommendation.

A petition for the annexation of three properties at the southeast corner of the South Wasson Lane and Cemetery Road intersection in the town of River Falls was submitted to the city on Oct. 31, on behalf of the Apostolic Church.

The annexation petition was signed by Dennis Elrond, owner of one of the three properties, and Pastor Melvin Thacker of the Apostolic Church (currently located at 116 E. Walnut St.). The Church is under contract to purchase the other two properties.

The application was approved by the council, and the matter will now move onto the Plan Commission for review and a recommendation to the council. The council is scheduled to vote on the annexation in January.

Power plant substation bid

The council approved a bid selection for installation of cables and electrical components and the high voltage reconstruction needed for the Power Plant Substation project.

M.J. Electric was the only bidder at $1,477,457. The power plant substation project's initial budget was $4.24 million. So far, project costs have been about $3,986,019.14 including the bid components yet to be paid for.

Funding for the projects has so far been from cash reserves.

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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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