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Richland Residential Garbage Collection Cancelled for Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 02/11/19

Due to the inclement weather, residential garbage collection has been canceled for Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Pick up will resume on your next scheduled collection day unless otherwise communicated. Commercial and drop box collection will take place as scheduled.

For those residents who had collection canceled on their regular pick up day, there will be no additional charges for extra bags placed near your collection container at your next pick up.

More information is available at www.ci.richlalnd.wa.us/solidwaste. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Richland Facilities to Open Two Hours Late Monday - 02/10/19

City of Richland Public Works streets plow crews have been working continuously in response to this significant snow fall.

Main arterials will remain the primary focus, especially given the forecasat of several more inches overnight and into tomorrow.

In anticipation of severe weather, City offices will open two hours late at 10 am tomorrow, Monday, February 11.

Residents are encouraged to stay home and off the roads if possible. Citizens are also encouraged to lend a hand and check in on their neighbors.

Thank you for your patience!  For more information visit www.ci.richland.wa.us/snowremoval. 

Richland Facility Closures - 02/10/19

Due to inclement weather, Richland facilities including the Richland Public Library and Richland Community Center will remain closed today, February 10, 2019. All activities including youth basketball, recreation classes and previously scheduled events are canceled. Please stay tuned at www.ci.richland.wa.us for additional updates. 

Richland Facility Closures - 02/09/19

Due to inclement weather, Richland facilities including the Horn Rapids Landfill, Richland Public Library and Richland Community Center will be closed today, February 9, 2019 . All activities including youth basketball, recreation classes and previously scheduled events are canceled. Please stay tuned at www.ci.richland.wa.us for additional updates. 

Richland Library Adds Film Streaming Service Kanopy - 02/08/19

The on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at the Richland Public Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting http://richlandlib.kanopy.com. Films can also be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

With the motto of "thoughtful entertainment", Kanopy provides Richland Public Library patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

Richland Library staff look forward to helping you navigate the setup process and answer any questions you might have. This new service will complement the other library streaming services with many new titles previously not available.

Kanopy was founded in 2008 as an educational tool for colleges and universities.

Richland Launches Police Chief Recruitment - 02/05/19

City Manager, Cindy Reents, reopens the national recruitment effort in search of a permanent Richland Police Chief. The position was previously held for seven years by Chris Skinner, who accepted a position as Police Chief with the City of Eugene, OR.

“I would like to thank the community for their continued support of our law enforcement officers, including our entire Richland Police Department, and our dedicated Interim Police Chief, Jeff Taylor. I appreciate the commitment of Chief Taylor and his willingness to serve in the interim capacity while we navigate the recruitment process,” states Reents. “We look forward to finding the right individual to serve as our Police Chief for years to come.”

As is standard practice by agencies of this size and with positions of this caliber, a reputable recruitment firm, Ralph Andersen & Associates will again assist with the search.

The ideal candidate will foster successful relationships with the community, elected officials, regional partners, City administration, as well as the dedicated staff of the Richland Police Department. The top candidate will be an individual who possesses the highest level of integrity, as well as demonstrates commitment to teamwork and excellence. This individual will have outstanding communication, advocacy and critical thinking skills. The successful candidate will be a proactive, forward-thinking law enforcement professional with a proven track record in effective change management, and innovative cutting-edge strategic leadership.

The City has established a competitive salary and benefits package to aid in the recruitment and retention of qualified individuals. The most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a formal interview process. The recruitment will remain open through March 18, 2019, or until a list of qualified candidates has been identified. The recruitment process can take up to several weeks depending on the amount of screening and verification required.

The recruitment brochure will be available for review on the Ralph Andersen & Associates website. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply at www.ralphandersen.com.

Safety Upgrades Made to Intersection of Keene and Queensgate - 01/25/19

The City of Richland began implementing additional safety measures to improve the flow of traffic and reduce collisions at the intersection of Keene Road and Queensgate Drive. A sign reminding drivers that a flashing yellow light means yield to oncoming traffic was installed yesterday and the left turn signals were reprogrammed today. Next week, as painting conditions improve, striping will be added to help navigate and guide traffic to the correct lane.

This intersection was upgraded as part of the 2018 Queensgate Drive Construction project.  Part of those improvements were lane restriping and the implementation of a flashing left turn arrow for drivers heading east on Keene Road and wanting to turn left or north onto Queensgate Drive.

Richland Public Works staff have been fielding comments and performing additional assessments of this intersection. In additional to the improvements, a graphic was developed to assist with public education. See attached File 

Attached Media Files: Flashing_Yellow_Updated.pdf
Swift Blvd and Jadwin Ave Intersection Closure Planned for Friday - 01/24/19

The south leg of the intersection of Swift Blvd. / Jadwin Ave. intersection will be closed to traffic this Friday, January 25, 2019. This closure is to efficiently and safely complete some underground utility work. The contractor plans to close the road beginning at 7:00 am and anticipates reopening the intersection by the end of the day. However, if work is not complete they will keep it closed through Saturday, January 26, 2019 until completed.

Swift Blvd. (east / west) will remain open during this closure. Jadwin northbound will be closed at Mansfield St. with preferred detours down Knight St. to either George Washington Way or Stevens Drive. Jadwin southbound will be open to the Swift intersection with right (westbound) or left (eastbound) turning movements required.

Through traffic is encouraged to use the detours from Williams Blvd. to George Washington Way or Stevens Drive southbound. 

Reader boards are currently in place to inform citizens and commuters. A map identifying the location of the closure, as well as alternative routes, is attached.

Attached Media Files: Jadwin_Swift Closure 1_25_19
Richland Police Department Provides Update to Investigation on Wilson Street Incident - 01/23/19

The following update is in reference to the incident that occurred on the evening of Sunday, January 20, 2019, at the 1300 block of Wilson Street, Richland, WA.

Five Richland Police Department officers were involved in the incident.

  • Sergeant Allen Jenkins, 20 years with Richland Police Department, 22 years in law enforcement. 
  • Officer Todd Gilbert, 2 years with Richland Police Department, 7 years in law enforcement.
  • Officer Brandon Koe, 4 years with Richland Police Department, 10 years in law enforcement.
  • Officer Ron Schneider, 11 years with Richland Police Department, 18 years in law enforcement.
  • Officer Jason Lawrence, 12 years Richland Police Department, 20 years in law enforcement.

The officers are currently on paid administrative leave according to department policy.

This incident is still under investigation by the Special Investigations Unit.

Additional information pertaining to this investigation will be released on the Richland Police Department’s Facebook page. 

RPD Provides Update to Investigation on Wilson Street Incident - 01/22/19

The deceased individual has been identified as Jose Mercado, Sr. (48) of Texas. 

On January 20th, 2019 at about 11:52pm Richland officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Wilson St. on a report of a domestic violence physical assault in progress. The reporting party, a family member at the residence, said Mr. Mercado had assaulted family members and was outside throwing beer bottles at the house. The reporting party also said Mr. Mercado had a knife on his person and may be under the influence.   

The first officer arrived on scene at about 11:54pm and was immediately confronted by Mr. Mercado in the middle of the street. The officer engaged Mr. Mercado verbally and attempted to deescalate the situation. Mr. Mercado refused to comply and was described by a witness as advancing towards the lone officer with closed fists. A Taser was deployed; however, Mr. Mercado was able to remove the probes rendering it ineffective.     

Additional responding officers arrived on scene to assist. Mr. Mercado physically assaulted officers while they were attempting to arrest him. This exchange resulted in two officers sustaining injuries that later required medical treatment at Kadlec Regional Medical Center. Responding Officers were able to gain control of Mr. Mercado and placed him under arrest. No firearms were discharged in this incident.   

While at the scene, Mr. Mercado became unresponsive. Officers recognized the need for medical attention and immediately started rendering aid.  Richland Fire Department medics arrived at the scene and took over medical treatment. Mr. Mercado was transported to Kadlec Regional Medical Center via ambulance where he was later pronounced deceased. 

Chief Taylor requested the Regional Special Investigations Unit (SIU) respond and initiate their investigation.  SIU does not comment on the status of the investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for today which will provide additional details into this investigation.   

The officers involved in this case have been placed on paid administrative leave per the Richland Police Department policy.   

Any additional information pertaining to this investigation will be released on the Richland Police Department’s Facebook page. 

Free Financial Workshops - 01/21/19

The Richland Public Library and the Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU) present a monthly Financial Workshop Series that begins January 31. These evening programs help with home buying, budgeting, organizing your finances, and preventing fraud.  The one-hour workshops begin at 6:00 p.m., and include a light meal.

  • January 31, Homebuying 101, in the Gallery Room.
  • February 21, Budgeting 101, in the Conference Room.
  • March 21, Organizing your Finances, in the Gallery Room.
  • April 18, Preventing Fraud and Identify Theft, in the Conference Room.

The Richland Public Library is located at 955 Northgate Drive.