Richland City Council will use a survey to provide a picture of livability and resident perspectives on local government services, policies and management, to assist strategic planning. The estimated cost is $23,550.

At the risk of being repetitive — oh, what the heck, why not — in other cities councilmembers have walking townhalls in neighborhoods throughout their cities to hear for themselves residents’ views. I guess the survey method doesn’t take as much effort from councilmembers. Item 19.

Included in the packet is a complete list of intersections, mostly in older north Richland, and their compliance status under the Americans with Disability Act. The list of problems. see Item 13, is long.

At Badger Mt. South there is going to be public library space in the new fire station, Item 17.

Directions for commenting are at the top of the agenda. The page numbers after the items correspond to the page numbers in the packet. As usual you get 3 minutes for a public hearing but there will be none of those during this meeting. You only have 2 minutes for a regular comment. The council doesn’t want to get into First Amendment issues by telling you what you can and can’t say, so they just warn you that you are unlikely to receive an answer to any questions you may pose.

  1. Supporting the Arts in Richland award. Pg. 5
  2. Arts Commission annual presentation. Pg. 6

Public comments – 2 minutes and they have a clock – tick, tick, tick

3. Approval of the Feb. 1, 2022, regular meeting minutes. Pg. 7-13

4. The Richland municipal code will be amended to have standards for replacing pavement that has been removed from public streets for construction, remodeling, etc. Pg. 14-23

5. From March to October parking will be prohibited on the Lee Circle so that cruise ships can load and unload passengers. Pg. 29-34

6. The hours that city parks are closed to the public, generally 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., will be amended to allow some parks to have more restricted hours. This is a result of complaints from residents near the Top of the World Park, which has a view of Richland, about late-night problems with people congregating in the area. Pg. 35-37

7. Shared use pathways will now have a 15 mph speed limit. Pg. 38-42

8. This authorizes an agreement with West Richland, Kennewick and Pasco to prepare a response plan for algae bloom management. Pg. 43-48

9. This authorizes a contract with RH2 Engineering Inc. to prepare an algae response plan. Richland’s share is $22,857. Pg. 49-69

10. This amends a contract with Shannon & Wilson for wetland mitigation monitoring in Horn Rapids. The amendment will cost 12,758.85. Pg. 70-73.

11. This authorizes a grant application to the State of Washington for trees for West Village Park in Badger Mt. South. The grant for $40,000 would require an equal match from the city of Richland. Pg. 74-75

12. Six grants are listed that will be made from the Business License Reserve Fund. Pg.76-81

13. Adopting a transition plan for public right-of-ways to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. Look for your street in the long list. Pg. 82-181

14. Mayor Michael Alvarez and Councilmember Theresa Richardson will go to the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) Waste Management Symposia in Phoenix, Arizona from March 8-9, 2022. These must be fascinating meetings because at a recent council workshop, councilmembers seemed to be vying for the opportunity to be the representative to the group…the Mosquito Control Board, not so much. Pg. 182-184.

15. All the checks for January. Pg. 185-259

16. The development agreement with the city and the Country Ridge neighborhood will be considered. Pg. 260-283

17. Authorizing a grant application to the State of Washington to fund a library in the new fire station at Badger Mt. South. Pg. 284-285

18. Council is asked to deliberate and take action on the appointment of at least one (1) additional councilmember to the Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District. Each city has 3 seats on the board but Richland only has only chosen one. Pg. 286

19. The strategic plan and the resident survey. Pg. 287-306

20. Fire Chief Huntington will provide a brief background on the current service agreement arrangement with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) associated with its in-city campus and operation of Station 75. Pg. 308.

City manager and city councilmembers blah, blah, blah