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2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Application Period Begins (Photo) - 08/08/22

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program will begin accepting applications August 8 through 31, 2022, for proposed neighborhood revitalization projects, affordable housing programs, expanded economic opportunities and improvements to community facilities and/or services for low-and moderate-income persons. Proposals must address a priority need identified in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (See  www.ci.richland.wa.us/CDBG)

The public is invited to participate in a Richland Planning Commission meeting on August 24, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  Richland citizens will have the opportunity to express their views and provide comments on community development and housing needs for low-and moderate-income persons.

The city also encourages projects and programs assisted by other funding sources to help leverage the CDBG allocation. Details and previously funded projects can be found at www.ci.richland.wa.us/CDBG. You can also email Tlehman@ci.richland.wa.us or call 509-942-7580 for more information. 

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National Night Out and City Fair on Tuesday in Howard Amon Park (Photo) - 07/26/22

The City of Richland invites all citizens to National Night Out and City Fair event on Tuesday, August 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event has moved from John Dam Plaza to Central Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Park Drive, at the Fingernail Stage.

National Night Out is a national community-building campaign to bring neighbors and law enforcement together to focus on community safety and strengthen relationships between the public and emergency services. In addition to public safety personnel, citizens will also have the opportunity to visit with other city department representatives and learn more about all City services and resources. Attendees will enjoy fun activities, learn more about City services, and participate in department demonstrations.

The opening ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Fingernail Stage. After the opening ceremony, kids twelve and under are encouraged to complete a City Pass to be eligible for cool prizes. Prizes include bicycles, gift cards, and more.

Richland Fire & Emergency Services will present HeartSafe Richland / Hands-Only CPR Training where kids and adults can easily learn this life-saving skill. The free demonstration will take place at the Fingernail Stage at 6:30 p.m.

Lee Boulevard at  Amon Park Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic. Parking is available near the Richland Community Center and a free shuttle, from the Federal Building Parking Lot (on Jadwin) to north of Lee Boulevard (on George Washington Way) will operate in a loop every 15 minutes. Foot and bicycle transportation is encouraged.

Food vendors including Don Taco, KC Kettlecorn, Doggie Style Gourmet Hotdogs, and Bobablastic will be onsite with items available for purchase. The regular park concessionaires will also be open. 

For more information or additional updates, see www.ci.richland.wa.us/NNO or follow Richland's Facebook page at 

 

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Joe Schiessl Named Richland Deputy City Manager (Photo) - 07/25/22

The City of Richland, WA, has named Joseph Schiessl as the new Deputy City Manager. The Deputy City Manager will report directly to the City Manager, Jon Amundson, and oversee functional components of Development Services, Energy Services, Parks & Public Facilities, and Public Works Departments. In addition, this position will represent the City Manager as needed, develop and implement new and innovative programs, as well as participate in the administration of the City budget.

Joe has worked for the City of Richland since August of 2000. He began his career with Richland in the Planning Division as a Redevelopment Specialist. Most recently he has served as Director of Parks & Public Facilities. He was promoted to that role in 2012. As the Director of Parks & Public Facilities, he served on the Executive Leadership Team overseeing nearly 140 employees who perform and operate park and facility maintenance, capital planning and construction, recreation planning, the park ranger program, the Richland Public Library, and the Columbia Point Golf Course.

Schiessl holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environment Science and Regional Planning from Washington State University and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University. He is a long-time resident of Richland. 

The City went through a nationwide recruitment effort for this position and four final candidates were interviewed and considered for the role.   

 “I am pleased to have Joe transition into this role within the City,” states City Manager, Jon Amundson. “He is extremely knowledgeable about our organization as well as the Richland community and his vision aligns with the goals of this position.”

Schiessl’s new role will be effective July 25, 2022. A recruitment effort will soon be underway to find a replacement for his current role.

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Richland Involvement Opportunities (Photo) - 07/25/22

Richland Seeks interested citizens to serve on various commissions and board committee openings. 

It's that time of year when expiring terms means involvement opportunities for others. Serving on a board, commission or committee is one way Richland citizens can volunteer and get involved with their city government. Richland’s various boards, commissions, and committees serve the City in numerous different ways, including rendering advice to City Council, deciding appeals or civil violations, reviewing and making recommendations on land use and other related regulations, and taking public testimony on the City’s behalf. Most appointments to the City’s boards, commissions, and committees are made by the Richland City Council.

Upcoming opportunities include vacancies on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Citizens Review Committee, Arts Commission, Economic Development Committee, Library Board, Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, Personnel Committee, Public Facilities District Board, and Utility Advisory Committee. 

The positions will be posted for a two-week period, beginning Monday, July 25 through August 8, 2022. For more information call the City Clerk’s Office at 509-942-7389 or apply online at www.ci.richland.wa.us/bcc

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City of Richland Offers Access to Facilities as Cooling Stations During Extreme Heat (Photo) - 07/21/22

With high temperatures forecasted for next week, the City of Richland wants to remind citizens that three facilities are open to the public. Citizens can access these locations during operating hours to cool down in the air-conditioned facilities. Internet access is available as are water refilling stations.

Locations and hours of operation are as follows:

Richland Community Center - 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland, WA 99352

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
 

Richland Public Library - 955 Northgate Drive, Richland, WA  99352

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Library lobby is open Monday-Friday at 8:30 a.m. and on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Seating, Wi-Fi, restrooms, and drinking fountains are available until the library service hours begin.

 

Richland City Hall - 625 Swift Blvd., Richland, WA  99352

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In addition, George Prout Pool, Badger Mountain Community Park Splash Pad, and the Howard Amon Park Wading Pool are open.

Locations and hours of operation are as follows:

George Prout Pool - 1005 Swift Blvd., Richland, WA  99352

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Saturday
Lap Swim 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Open swim sessions:
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 

Some times are reserved for lessons and classes and are subject to change. Visit https://www.richlandparksandrec.com/programs-events/aquatics/fees-and-schedule for the open swim schedules and fees.

Badger Mountain Community Park Splash Pad - 350 Keene Rd., Richland, WA  99352

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Sunday
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Howard Amon Park Wading Pool - Behind the Richland Community Center

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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