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Richland Seeks Interested Citizens for Board and Commission Openings - 01/21/20

Richland Seeks Interested Citizens for Board and Commission Openings

Includes youth positions on the Arts Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The City of Richland has openings on five of its boards and commissions: Arts Commission, Board of Adjustment, Code Enforcement Board, Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Planning Commission. Both the Arts Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission has both adult and youth positions open. Meetings are typically once a month, or as needed.

This is a great opportunity to learn how your city operates and to get more involved in its future. All applicants must be meet the board or commission qualifications (refer to the individual application fact sheets for details) and have experience or a strong desire to be involved in that board or commission.

For further details on these positions or to apply, visit or call the City Clerk’s office, 942-7389. Application packets are due Monday, February 10th.

A brief description of each open position is outlined below. 

Arts Commission

Supports City Council by encouraging and supporting the arts within Richland to improve the quality of life, strengthen economic development, and revitalize the community. It is an advisory body to City Council and staff to provide expertise on visual, performing and literary arts to enrich the cultural life of the community.

Board of Adjustment

Conducts public hearings and makes decisions on applications for special use permits; grant permits when requirements are fully met; grants or denies variances to the regulations or restrictions in the Richland Municipal Code (RMC) when the variance is in harmony with general purposes and intent of the RMC; hears and decides on appeals to administrative interpretations of the city's zoning code.

Code Enforcement

Conducts hearings on civil violations of the Richland Municipal Code (RMC); determines whether a civil violation of the RMC has occurred; assess monetary penalties in instances where it has been determined that civil violations of the RMC have occurred; adopts rules of procedure for hearings concerning civil violations of the RMC; conducts hearings on appeal of any notice of civil trespass issued pursuant to Chapter 2.34 RMC; performs such other duties and provide such additional information, assistance and advice to the City Council as the City Council may request or direct.

Parks and Recreation

Advises the City Council based on public input of City-provided facilities, civic beautification in order to enhance the quality of life, environmental and cultural preservation, and programs for recreation.

Planning Commission

Prepares a comprehensive plan for the orderly physical and social development of the City; holds public hearings and make recommendations regarding plats, plans for subdivisions, or dedications of land; prepares and recommend zoning regulations, amendments, extensions, or additions to regulations or plans for physical development; reviews federal requirements for the administration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs and makes recommendations on program procedures; reviews CDBG grant applications and makes recommendations to City Council; serves as an advisory body to the City Council.

State-Wide Poetry and Writing Event Travels to Richland Next Week - 01/17/20

A year-long project to hold a series of poetry readings and writing workshops along the length of the Columbia River as it traverses the State of Washington is coming to Richland next week.

One River, Many Voices is designed to explore a sense of place, ecology, and history, and to celebrate the power of words and stories to define ourselves and our communities. One River, Many Voices features free readings and workshops with Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna and guest poets.

The Richland Public Library will be hosting Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna and local poets Maureen McQuerry, Afrose Ahmed and Dan Clark on Friday, January 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the Gallery. This free event will be held in the Gallery Room after normal business hours. Refreshments will be hosted by the Friends of the Richland Library.

For additional information, contact Lisa Adams at 509-942-7678 or

Community Terrorism Training (Photo) - 01/09/20

A two-day collaborative Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved training event is coming to Richland at the end of January. This free workshop brings together public-safety practitioners and their community partners to learn and engage in meaningful discussions about the principles and practices that form the foundation of countering violent extremism in our community.

Strategic, Tactical, and Resilient Interdiction of Violent Extremism (STRIVE) explores how community-based efforts to prevent terrorism and counter violent extremism (CVE) fit into the broader homeland security mission.

This course targets community leaders, law enforcement professionals, local, state, tribal and territorial government leaders, and campus, event, and security personnel.

The training is January 29 and 30, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Richland Police Department Training Room, 871 George Washington Way. There is no cost to register but seats are limited.

To register, you need to apply for a FEMA Student Identification Number at and then register online,


Richland Elects New Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem - 01/08/20

At the January 7, 2020, Richland City Council meeting, City Manager Cindy Reents swore in recently re-elected councilmembers Bob Thompson, Phillip Lemley, Terry Christensen, and Brad Anderson. Following the swearing-in, the Richland City Council elected councilmembers to act as Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem for a two-year term. Councilmember Ryan Lukson was elected as Mayor. Councilmember Sandra Kent was elected as Mayor Pro-Tem.

The new Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem immediately accepted their new roles. Mayor Lukson took his seat as Mayor and continued to run the remainder of the meeting.

Mayor Lukson was elected to the Richland City Council in 2017. He is currently serving a four-year term.

Mayor Pro-Tem Sandra Kent has served as a councilmember since 2008 and is currently serving a four-year term.

Richland City Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesday’s of each month.  All municipal meeting agendas can be viewed by visiting


Richland Hosts Public Open House for Downtown Connectivity Study - 01/07/20

The City of Richland will host a Public Open House regarding their “Downtown Connectivity Study” on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The open house will provide an opportunity for the public to review work completed by the City’s consultant team, JUB Engineers, Inc. / The Langdon Group, a robust working committee made up of community members, and City staff/representatives. The team was tasked with creating and analyzing alternative strategies for activating the City Council’s vision of a walkable downtown and waterfront district. The goal was to identify alternatives more conducive to pedestrians and bicyclists while preserving the needed vehicular circulation capacity. The project area consists of the George Washington Way and Jadwin Avenue corridors between Williams Boulevard and south to Bradley Boulevard. The City will gather input at the open house and subsequently through an on-line survey.

The open house will be held from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the City of Richland Council Chambers located at 625 Swift Blvd. For those unable to attend the open house, study materials and the on-line survey will be available on the project website from January 23 - February 6, 2020. Once all input has been received and considered, the entire study will be reviewed by the City Council.

More information about the study can be found at

Grant Funds Available for Park Improvements (Photo) - 01/03/20

Do you belong to a community group that would like to volunteer to improve a park, trail, open space, or recreational facility? If you’ve got the dream, we can assist with resources. The Richland Parks and Recreation Commission distributes up to $20,000 each year from the Park Reserve Fund. These matching grants funds are available for eligible community groups interested in making capital improvements to City parks, trails, open space or recreational facilities. The Park Partnership Program goals are to improve or increase park and recreational opportunities for the general public, foster public initiative and participation in developing City parks and recreational amenities, and to enhance the quality of life in Richland.

Each project is eligible for a maximum of $5,000. Potential applicants must attend a mandatory pre-application meeting on January 16, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The 2020 Park Partnership application deadline is Friday, February 14. For more information, or to apply visit or call 942-7463.

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