Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative

The Richland Center Police Department is participating in the 2016 Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative.  Please review the document below:

NTBI April 2016 Press Release doc

Photo ID Now Required for Voting in Wisconsin

Photo Identification is now required for all elections held in Wisconsin.  Below is a list of documents that will be acceptable for voting.  Please be sure to have one with you when you go to the polls.  They are also required if you request an absentee ballot.

Photo ID List of acceptable documents

Szuflita-Heather Drug Arrests

Szuflita-Heather Drugs 1-28-16

Vernon Washington Notification

Vernon Washington 01-2016 Notification

Emerald Ash Borer Information Update

The EAB is now a reality in Richland Center.  The City and WI DNR would greatly appreciate the publics assistance.  If you have an Ash Tree in your yard and plan to trim it or remove it, please call City Forester David Fry at 608-604-6713.  The part of the tree that is removed has to be kept separate from the brush piles outside of the landfill.  We are currently reviewing the plan already developed and will update the public when we have specifics set in place.  Thank you for your cooperation.

EAB Confirmed in Richland County

EAB Confirmed in Marquette, Richland Counties for First Time

Contact:  Donna Gilson, 608-224-5130, donna.gilson@wi.gov 
Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020, william2.cosh@wisconsin.gov

MADISON – Marquette County will become the 38th Wisconsin county to be quarantined for emerald ash borer, following discovery of the tree-killing beetle in the Town of Montello there. In addition, EAB has been confirmed for the first time in Richland County in the town of Dayton.

Marquette County will now be placed under quarantine.

Richland County has been under quarantine for EAB since July 2014, so this new find does not change anything from a regulatory standpoint there. Four counties – Lafayette, Iowa, Green and Richland — were quarantined in 2014 because they were surrounded by counties where EAB had been found, and it was likely EAB was present there in low numbers that are difficult to detect. EAB has now been confirmed in all of those counties except Iowa. Actually confirming the presence of EAB should alert residents that it is more important than ever not to move firewood from the county to non-quarantine areas, officials say.

Both new EAB detections resulted from routine trap monitoring. In Richland County, staff from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection found two adult beetles July 28 in a trap along Highway 14 in the Town of Dayton, about five miles west of Richland Center. There are a few ash trees in the immediate area, and they show symptoms of EAB infestation.

U.S. Department of Agriculture staff found one adult beetle July 29 in a Marquette County trap along Cotters Bay Road in the Town of Montello, about a mile west of the city of Montello. The level of EAB activity there has not been determined yet.

Quarantines prohibit ash wood products and hardwood firewood from being moved to areas that are not quarantined. For businesses handling wood products that could carry EAB, this means that they must work with DATCP to assure that they are not transporting the pest to non-quarantine counties. For private citizens, a quarantine means that residents may not take firewood from these counties to non-quarantine counties.

“We strongly discourage moving firewood even within quarantine areas,” said Brian Kuhn, Plant Industry Bureau Director in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “The vast majority of EAB infestations have resulted from the movement of firewood, as evidenced by the number of times our first find in a given county has been in campgrounds. Most of the quarantined counties are not generally infested, so moving firewood within them could bring the pest to new areas in the county that would otherwise remain uninfested for several years.”

Kuhn notes that other forest pests and diseases also move easily and invisibly from one location to another under the bark of firewood.

DATCP recommends that property owners who have ash trees in quarantine counties:

  • Keep a close watch for possible signs of EAB infestation: Thinning canopy, D-shaped holes in the bark, cracked bark, branches sprouting low on the trunk, and woodpeckers pulling at bark.
  • Consider preventive treatments if your property is within 15 miles of a known infestation.
  • Consider planting different species of trees that are not susceptible to EAB.
  • Call a professional arborist, and visit emeraldashborer.wi.gov for detailed information.

Emerald ash borer is native to China and probably entered the United States on packing material, showing up first in Michigan in 2002. It was first found in Wisconsin in 2008 in Ozaukee County.

Other quarantined Wisconsin counties are Adams, Brown, Buffalo, Calumet, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Door, Douglas, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Monroe, Oneida, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha and Winnebago.

EAB adults lay eggs on the bark of ash trees in mid- to late summer. When the eggs hatch a week or two later, the larvae burrow under the bark for the winter and feed, forming the characteristic S-shaped tunnels and destroying the tree’s ability to take up nutrients and water. The following summer, the adults emerge through D-shaped holes in the bark.

The Wisconsin Emerald Ash Borer Program includes DATCP; DNR; UW-Madison; UW-Extension; USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.  

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Warning Siren Testing

The City of Richland will run an additional test each month of the warning sirens to identify any system issues such as a non-functioning one.  The Sheriff’s Department will conduct the test on the first Wednesday of each month about noon, as they have in the past.  The additional test will be activated via a remote device on the third Wednesday of each month about noon effective July 15, 2015.

Sidewalks

The Department of Public Works Employees are making their way through the City and marking sidewalks that can be a hazard to pedestrians.  Once the marking is finished, affected property owners will receive a letter with instructions on repair or replacement options.

Large Item Collection Tagging System

The City Council approved a tagging system for large item collection at the curb for residents who are unable to take those items to the landfill.   reso 2014-9 tagging system fees

The first option and least expensive option is to take your items to the landfill.  The landfill hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 8AM to 1PM.

The second option is to call Town and Country Sanitation at 800-626-1915.  They can record the item(s) you wish to dispose of and take credit card information over the telephone in order to process your request.  The cost per item is the same as for curb side collection as listed in the attached resolution.

The third option is to physically come in to the City Clerk’s Office, obtain a sticker for each item and pay at that time.  Residents who do not follow one of these options will be penalized by double the cost to remove the item plus a $250.00 administration fee.  The Resolution is effective May 1, 2014.

Richland Museum and Visitor Center Grand Opening

The Richland Museum and Visitor Center will be opening May 24th, 2014.

Hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  A special thanks to employees of the Brewer Library and the History Room who have spent many hours going through items in storage, set them up for display at the Depot – 397 W. Seminary Street and prepared or obtained all area information for visitors.  All have done a great job!!!

The museum / visitor center will be staffed by volunteers and a special thank you to all volunteers who have stepped up to be there for the public and assist visitors.  Stop in to see them!