Randy has simplified the Rundown.
Go to the city council agenda and packet for details on the city council agenda. The item numbers below correspond with the item numbers in the agenda. Page numbers following the item correspond to the pages in the packet.
- Richland Art Commission will make two awards recognizing contributions to the arts. Pg. 4
2. Arts Commission Chair Dr. Jeff Kissel will discuss the 2021 commission work plan. Pg. 5
3. TRIDEC (Tri-Cities Economic Development Council) Annual Report from Karl Dye President. Pg. 6
4. PUBLIC HEARING — for Traffic Signal Systemic Safety Upgrades Project. I would like to tell you what this is about, but I have no clue. In Seattle this means making the walk signals last longer so a pedestrian can safely cross the street. The city will spend around $500,000 and receive a grant. Here’s what is written: “Upgrades project is designed to upgrade traffic signal equipment throughout the City, providing improved functionality at signals and making travel movements more efficient and safe through a combination of enhanced visibility and electronic controls.” City hall is closed Monday. You have Tuesday until 4:00 p.m. to find out what this is about and sign up to comment. — (go to the agenda for instructions on how to provide a three-minute comment). Pg. 62-65
PUBLIC COMMENTS – go to the agenda and read the rules. You get 2 minutes to talk about whatever your heart desires.
5. Approve Council Minutes for the Feb. 2 council meeting and the Feb. 9 workshop. Pg. 8-17
6. Bike Lanes will be added to Swift, Goethals and Williams when they are repaved and parking on other streets will be limited to make way for bike lanes. Check out the list. Pg. 18-30
7. The city council doesn’t want to listen to you complain if your sign application was rejected so your appeal will now go to the hearing examiner rather than the city council. Pg. 31-36
8. If you are thrown off your property for a public works project, you have to follow these rules for relocation assistance. I highly recommend good legal representation. Pg.37-41
9. Twenty-three homes will be squeezed on to 4.2 acres in the Clearwater Creek development between Clearwater and Center Parkway. Pg.42-58
10. Order of Agenda Items for Richland City Council Meetings is modified. Before you start scratching your heads, this is a typical Richland city process. They change, then codify the change years later. Apparently, the current agenda doesn’t look like it did back in the 1990s. Pg. 59-61
11. YIKES, just YIKES. Traffic Signal Systemic Safety Upgrades. This was the subject of the public hearing, item 4. You have until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday to figure out what it this is about and call to put your name on the list to comment. GOOD LUCK. Monday is a holiday. Here’s what it says: “On February 14, 2021, notice was published that a public hearing would be held on February 16, 2021 to take public testimony regarding this proposed amendment. Barring any compelling public testimony to the contrary, staff recommends adoption of Resolution No. 23-21.”😂 The project will cost almost $500K but a grant has been obtained. Pg. 62-65
12. Councilmember Bob Thompson will be appointed to the Hanford Advisory Board until the end of 2021. Thompson told his fellow councilmembers during a workshop last Tuesday that he wanted the job and the council gave it to him. Long time Richland representative Pam Larsen resigned last year. Pg.66
13. Expenditures — all checks written in January pg. 67-147
14. The city will rezone 3.1 acres at Steptoe and Center Parkway in Clearwater Creek from AG (agriculture) to C-1 (neighborhood retail). If you have anything to say about this, you’re out of luck. The case is closed. Pg. 148-161
15. The city will rezone 2.9 acres located at 1769 Leslie Road from C-LB (limited business use district) to C-3 (general commercial) so a Goodwill resale store can be built there. Interestingly, the Round Table Pizza Restaurant next door does not conform to the C-LB zoning and changing this area to C-3 brings it into compliance. Pg. 162-175
16. This Benton County Jail agreement will require the City to pay 7.48% of the net operating costs for the jail (based on a fiscal rolling 3-year average). This is an increase from the 2020 rate of 7.43% assuming net operating costs and bed days remain constant, this jail contract will cost the City approximately $1,300,000. Pg. 176-191
17. The City Council will discuss the terms of Interim City Manager Jon Amundson’s Contract. Pg. 192
BLAH, BLAH, BLAH This is when the mayor and council get to talk for as long as they want about whatever.
I’m sorry to hear that Bob will take over the position held by Pam Larsen. Bob will never met the bar sent by Pam. I enjoyed her yearly reposts to the Pasco City Council. She resigned because she retired.