February 21st Richland Center City Council Meeting

The Richland Center City Council met Tuesday evening, February 21st.

At the meeting the council approved the site plan and timeline for the dog park planned on the northern edge of the city on Industrial Drive. The proposed “Woodman Happy Tails Dog Park” is named after the major benefactor – the Joan Woodman Orton McCollum Foundation. Major work, including installing fencing and developing a parking area will be done this spring, with the anticipated opening sometime in June. A unique aspect to the Richland Center dog park will be running water, which is being made possible by an extension of a water line from a main the Water Utility will soon put in for a hydrant in that area. The facility will have areas for large and small dogs, and all animals must be licensed and vaccinated to use it. The total cost of the dog park is just under $14,000, all of which will be covered by donations.

The council approved a request from the 4 Seasons of Fun to install a 12-foot walking path from the Richland County Fairgrounds to the Hynek Printing/RC Dance & Gymnastics parking lot across city owned property. Bryan Myers from the 4 Seasons of Fun explained that the path would allow guests to their events utilize the North Industrial Park and walk to the fairgrounds without walking along the county highway. Myers said a temporary fence will be installed during the events to keep people along the pathway. The request was approved without opposition.

The city council pushed forward several Public Works projects. A request for bids was approved for 13 seal costing projects in 2017 totaling an estimated $160,000. The council also approved adding Second Street and Miner Court to the overall Westside Drive project. It’s figured it will add about $385,000 to the total cost – much of which will be added to the CDBG and USDA grants the city is applying for. The City Council also approved a request for bids for sidewalk repairs throughout the city. One contractor will be solicited to repair sidewalks that have already been identified as deficient. On a related item, the council approved a sidewalk repair schedule where regular repairs will be made in two wards per year. Finally, approval was granted to begin the initial engineering work for Haseltine Street reconstruction between Church and Main Street. It’s hoped that the repairs will include storm sewer to alleviate the drainage problems that exist in that area.