Tuesday, July 18, 2017

City Council's Vote on Rachel Road

Friday, June 23, 2017

Rachel Road Update/ Important Meetings


Below are details about two developments in the Rachel Road Alignment Study:
·         The preferred alignment has been determined.
·         The schedule for communicating the preferred alignment to Richland officials has been determined.
o   The City meetings and workshop are important – strong public attendance will show the City the extent of interest in the location of the road across the Amon Creek Natural Preserve.
o   It is especially important to attend the July 18 Richland City Council meeting, at which the formal alignment recommendation will be made (see meeting details below).
o   You wouldn’t need to speak at the meetings – your presence would speak for itself, especially if the public shows up in large numbers.
Preferred Alignment

The Rachel Road Alignment Study Community Advisory Committee (or “CAC”) facilitators have collated input on the alternatives for connecting Leslie Road to the new elementary school in Amon Basin.

·          As reported earlier, Alternative G (opposite from Lorayne J Boulevard) scored highest in the formal evaluation performed by the CAC.  Alternatives C (opposite Rachel Road) and E (the BPA access road) scored only slightly lower than Alternative G.
·         See page 11 of the document on this webpage or a diagram showing the alignment alternatives. 
·         Public input from the April 12, 2017, open house and the subsequent comment period indicated a strong preference for Alternative G.

·         Based on the formal CAC evaluation and input from the public, Alternative G will be recommended to the City Council.

·         There is widespread concern for protecting the Amon Creek Natural Preserve as much as possible.

City Workshops and Meetings

The Alignment Study process and results will be discussed with Richland officials in the following City workshop and meetings:

·         Richland City Council Workshop:  The CAC facilitators will present an overview of the Alignment Study process, results, and the CAC-supported recommendation. They will share input received regarding design features, enhancements and mitigation as considerations for future phases of the project.  Note that public comment is not allowed at workshops.
DATE:  Tue June 27
TIME:  6:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Council Chamber at Richland City Hall (505 Swift Blvd)

·         Richland Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting:  The Commission will discuss their own recommendation to the City Council. (On April 13, 2017, the day after the second and most recent Rachel Road open house, the CAC facilitators presented to the Commission an overview of the Alignment Study process, including the CAC alternative ranking and open house input.) Public comment is allowed at this meeting.
DATE:  Thu July 13
TIME:  7:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Council Chamber at Richland City Hall (505 Swift Blvd)

·         Richland City Council Meeting:  The formal recommendation to the Council will be made at this meeting. It is especially important to attend this meeting. Public comment is allowed at this meeting.
DATE:  Tue July 18
TIME:  7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Council Chamber at Richland City Hall (505 Swift Blvd)

For more information, including background and history of the Rachel Road Alignment Study, go to the City of Richland’s Rachel Road web page.
 Janet Davis

Monday, May 22, 2017

Annual HOA Meeting

Reminder: Annual HOA Meeting 
Tuesday, May 23rd @ 7:00 PM 
217 Sitka Ct. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Willowbrook Events--2017

Willowbrook 2017 Events

May 19th & 20th--Willowbrook Garage Sale--7:00 AM--3:00 PM

May 23--Annual Homeowner's Meeting--7:00-8:00 PM @ 217 Sitka CT

  • Assessment amount, ratification of Board officers, amendment of bylaws, Willowbrook Preserve information
September 9th--5:00-8:00 PM --HOA Block Party

  • Bring a side dish or dessert to share. HOA will provide drinks, water, main dish and a bounce house for kids younger than 10.  Scouler Ct
October 31st --Halloween Parade and Hot Dog Feed--Time TBD

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Amon Wildlands Walk hosted by Tapteal Greenway

Mark your calendars for a family-friendly, educational event April 29 in Amon Creek Natural Preserve in south Richland. The Wildlands Walk is a 1.5-mile guided hike through the Preserve and features stations along the trail where you will learn about the treasures that can be found in both shrub-steppe and wetland habitats. Short presentations about reptiles, shrub-steppe restoration, insects, mammals, birds, geology; a bird banding demonstration and native plant seed ball-making; and booths with information from several non-profit organizations are all part of this free event.

Tours start from Claybell Park (425 Broadmoor Street, Richland) at 9:00 a.m. and will run about 90 minutes. The last tour will leave at 10:00 a.m. Please leave dogs at home. There is no charge to attend.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Irrigation and KID


For information:  The Kennewick Irrigation District web site (www.kid.org) indicates that Willowbrook is currently experiencing an outage due to a failed pump that is being repaired.  The estimated date of irrigation water availability is April 25-30.

The web site is not the easiest web site to use. But if you have patience and persistence and want to check on the status yourself, go to the KID web page, click on Water Status/Outage Map, then follow the directions in the white pop-up box.  You will need to scroll down in the white box to see all the directions.  You will need to:
·         Select your address in the list of addresses that pop up under the search bar.
·         Click on the red area somewhere around where the arrow is pointing from the white box.  Hopefully you will see a white box titled “WATER On Date”.  To see the rest of the information click on the right arrow (triangle) in the gray bar to see the second part of the information.
·         Try clicking on different areas – I got different pop-up boxes when I clicked on different areas. You have to click on a piece of property (and not a culdesac or street) to get useful information.  The difficulty is that there are no lines to show property boundaries.  That’s where the patience and persistence comes in. J

Friday, April 14, 2017

Rachel Road Open House Update


Bryant Kuechle (who sent the message below**) works for the consulting company hired by Richland to work on the Rachel Road Alignment Study. His message says the materials from the open house are now available online – a great way to view them if you weren’t able to attend the open house last night.  

Comments are seriously considered and have played a big role in the study all along.  So if you have comments, please submit them by April 26.  You can submit electronic comments by emailing Bryant directly at bk@langdongroupinc.com.  The comment form here cannot be completed and submitted electronically (it must be printed, completed, and mailed in).  It suggests comments in the categories of:
·         Alignment alternatives and ranking
·         Design elements, and
·         Opportunities for environmental enhancement and mitigation.

Page 6 of the displays from last night (located here) provide the Alternative Evaluation Scoring Results. Note that route alternatives C (opposite Rachel Road), E (BPA access road), and G (opposite Lorayne J) ranked relatively closely, with G scoring the highest.

The current plan is to present the results of the study to the City Council on June 6th

If you have questions, please let me know. If I don’t know the answers I will find someone who does.

Janet  (janetsdavis@gmail.com)

**CAC – Thank you all for your participation in last night’s meeting. 46 people signed in and 22 comments were submitted.

The display boards and comment form are posted online at: https://www.ci.richland.wa.us/rachel [Note from Janet:  Click on “Project Materials” to access the documentation.]

Please share this information with anyone that was unable to attend the meeting. We will be accepting comments through April 26. After the 26th, I will follow up with all of you regarding next steps.

Thanks again,