Speed cushions are easier on emergency vehicles. Picture from the city’s packet of information for Sept. 27 workshop.

The last time Richland City Council discussed the speeding problem in neighborhoods, a drunk driver crashed into the Jimmy John’s restaurant next to the city hall. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen this time.

Check out the agenda packet for details on how your street could qualify for traffic calming. After the Jimmy John meeting, Public Works Director Pete Rogalsky told residents chatting with him informally that funding would be an issue once people start requesting traffic calming measures on their streets.

Next up are legislative priorities for 2024. In 2023, the council didn’t get around to this discussion until January. They decided then to get an earlier start for 2024. The priority list looks a lot like last year with a list from the Association of Washington Cities and the Washington Cities Insurance Authority plus funding for SR-240/Aaron Drive improvements which have been on the list for several years.

There will be a budget presentation; no details are provided. The 2024 preliminary budget will be available to the public on the city’s website on Oct. 2.

Stop by city hall at 6 pm and chat with your councilmembers before the meeting. You can also watch on City View or cable channel 192. Be there or be square.