Press Release
November 12th, 2018



The Richland Center Police Department reports that two subjects were taken into custody on methamphetamine charges on Sunday, November 11th.

Chief of Police Lucas Clements states that at approximately 9:00 p.m. on November 11th Officers with the Richland Center Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle within the City of Richland Center for an equipment violation.

Upon contact with occupants of the vehicle, Officers identified a passenger as Joshua D. Clarke, 31, of Richland Center. Clarke was placed under arrest for an active felony warrant through the Department of Corrections. A search of Clarke, incident to his arrest, revealed several baggies of methamphetamine on his person, individually packaged for sale.

Through subsequent investigation, more methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located within the vehicle.

In addition to being arrested on the Department of Corrections warrant, Clarke was also arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, and nine counts of Felony Bail Jumping.

The driver of the vehicle, Taylor N. Stolpa, 19, of La Crosse was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Restricted Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and one count of Misdemeanor Bail Jumping.

Richland Center Police Department Officers were assisted on scene by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Clarke and Stolpa were transported to the Richland County jail, with charges for both being forwarded to Richland County District Attorney Jennifer Harper for prosecution.

Chief Clements states “I would like to point out the diligence and thoroughness of the work that Officers displayed throughout this investigation, which lead to the largest methamphetamine seizure in Richland County to date.”


Alternate Side Parking Begins 11/1/2018


Press Release
October 29, 2018

The City of Richland Center wants to remind residents that Alternate Side Parking begins on Thursday, November 1st, and will run through March 31, 2018. Persons parking vehicles on city streets are required to abide by Alternate Side Parking regulations EACH NIGHT between November 1st and March 31st.

Alternate Side Parking enforcement will take place randomly throughout the week in addition to when the city receives an accumulation of snow and/or ice. Alternate Side Parking will be enforced between the hours of 12:01 AM and 7:00 AM.

Alternate Side Parking requires vehicles to be parked on the odd numbered side of the street on odd numbered dates and the even side of the street on even numbered dates. Residents need to remember that the date during the overnight hours of 12:01 am to 7:00 am determines odd or even side parking. Owners of vehicles in violation of Alternate Side Parking regulations will be subject to a $10.00 parking ticket.

During a period of unusually severe winter weather, the city may declare a Snow Removal Emergency. During a Snow Removal Emergency, parking is prohibited on all city streets and highways. Residents would be required to find off-street parking for up to 72 hours or until snow-removal operations are declared completed by the Public Works Superintendent. Violations of a snow removal emergency will result is a $15.00 ticket.

In addition to tuning into WRCO, the City of Richland Center urges residents to sign up for Nixle alerts to keep up to date on local information including declared Snow Emergencies. You can sign up at Make sure to sign up for all alerts, advisories and community messages under the Richland County Emergency Management account. The service is free and you can choose to receive e-mail and/or text message alerts. City Residents using Facebook can also keep up to date on declared Snow Emergencies by following the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page where declared Snow Emergencies will be posted.



(1) During the period commencing November 1 of each year through the following March 31, it shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle upon any street in the City of Richland Center between the hours of 12:01 A.M. and the following 7:00 A.M., except as hereinafter permitted.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of Paragraph (1) above, it shall be lawful to park a vehicle on a street of the City of Richland Center between the hours of 12:01 A.M. and the following 7:00 A.M. from November 1 through the succeeding March 31, provided that such vehicle is parked on the side of the street determined as follows:

(a) On dates the last digit of which is an even number, vehicles shall be parked on that side of the street having official City house numbers as assigned pursuant to Chapter 607, the last digits of which are even numbers. 101-24 11-30-12

(b) On dates the last digit of which is an odd number, vehicles shall be parked on that side of the street having official City house numbers as assigned pursuant to Chapter 607, the last digits of which are odd numbers.

(c) For purposes of this subchapter, the date shall be determined as of 12:01 A.M., regardless of whether the vehicle was parked prior to midnight.


10/26/2018 Construction Update

Haseltine Street:   Gerke has completed the punch list items on the project.  The lawn restoration will be monitored in the spring to make sure the grass has established.  There will be one final pay request on the project that includes the rest of the street construction.

Westside Drive Reconstruction:  Gasser has been on site paving Westside Drive the last two days.  They plan to have almost all the asphalt done by the end of the day today, except for a small amount at the north end of the project.  Their goal is to finish the remaining asphalt on the project on Saturday.  Depending on weather or other delays, the asphalt driveways might not be finished until early next week.

Augelli Concrete plans to come back on Monday after Gasser is out of the way to finish the remaining concrete driveways and steps on the project.  

 In addition to the asphalt and concrete, Gerke will be finishing the lawn restoration, retaining wall, and Mr. Manhole adjustments after the asphalt is finished.  


Panorama Estates:  Gasser was on site today finish grading the road in preparation of paving tomorrow.  Gasser plans to pave the road tomorrow and the asphalt trail on Saturday.  

Augelli Concrete plans to come on Monday to finish the remaining concrete sidewalk on the project.  

 Century Fence was on site today doing the pavement marking on USH 14.  The intersection improvements are now complete, except for some concrete sidewalk at the intersection and lawn restoration.


Changes For Recycling and Trash Pickup Effective 11/1/18

Town & Country Sanitation has made some recent changes.  They now have a truck that will pick up residents trash containers while the operator remains in the truck.  Recycling will soon be pickup up every other week but trash pickup will remain weekly and some route changes or pickup dates will be changed.

Please review the information below which has also been mailed to residents:

Recycling Instructions

New Schedule effective 11/1/2018

Letter Regarding Route Changes

Residents may keep the current Town & Country Sanitation recycling bins until they no longer want them. If you do not want them, place them at the curb for the next large item collection.

If you have questions, please contact Town & Country Sanitation at 608-375-5856 or 1-800-626-1915.

Trick or Treating – October 31 – 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Trick or Treating in Richland Center will be held on October 31, 2018 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.   If you want to participate for children to stop at your home, please leave your porch light on.  Children should not stop at a house where the front porch light is off.

Be safe and use extra caution please!

Street Closure S. Central Ave on Oct. 31, 2018

The Diner has requested a street closure that is approved for October 31, 2018 between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for a Halloween Fest.  Central Avenue will be closed during this time between Court Street and the parking lot of The Peoples Community Bank.

Drug Take Back – October 27, 2018


Press Release
October 5, 2018

It’s not shocking anymore to hear about prescription painkillers and heroin abuse in Wisconsin communities. Everyone – law enforcement, elected officials, school officials, and the media – is talking about the epidemic that is stealing futures and lives.

On October 27th, you can do something to help prevent this epidemic from spreading further. The Richland Center Police Department in conjunction with Richland County Children and Family Advocacy Council will be hosting a Drug Take Back Day – a national initiative to get all those unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs out of your medicine cabinet and safely destroyed.

Chief Lucas Clements states that this effort will continue to bring an increased focus on the issue of prescription opiate abuse. The goal of the Take-Back Day is to provide a free, safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the community about the potential for abuse and consequences of improper storage and disposal of these medications.

Proper drug disposal is one way to substantially reduce the abuse of prescription narcotic painkillers. Chief Lucas Clements states, “Storing potentially dangerous drugs in a secure location and disposing of them promptly after use will reduce the availability to people improperly using these substances.”

Drug overdoses kill more people than car accidents in Wisconsin, and the largest numbers of those deaths aren’t caused by “hard street drugs. With more than 163,000 Wisconsinites addicted to prescription opioids, we all have a role in preventing that number from increasing.

On Saturday, October 27th, go to the Richland Center Police Department between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to stop this epidemic from taking an even bigger hold on our community.

Here’s what you can bring:

Do Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.

Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, acids, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, and sunscreens), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, and gas), and mercury thermometers.

  • Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication(s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag. Plastic pill containers should not be collected. Blister packages without the medications being removed are acceptable.


  • Liquids will be accepted during this initiative. However, the liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging. Liquids without the original packaging will not be accepted.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

Chief Clements added that over the past nine years, local efforts with this free service have generated approximately 1,000 pounds of prescription drugs collected for disposal from our community and encourages citizens to keep taking advantage of the service.

Every citizen in this state can play a role in solving this epidemic: use prescriptions only as prescribed to you, store prescriptions securely, properly dispose of unused prescriptions, and help spread the important message about safe prescription use. Please go to to learn more about how we can make our community safer and healthier.


10/8/2018 Construction Update

Haseltine Street:  The street and storm sewer construction on the project was finished last week.  Gerke will have a seeding crew come in this week to finish restoration on the project.   

 Gerke is bringing in the equipment this week to complete the Mr. Manhole adjustments on the sanitary manholes.


Westside Drive Reconstruction:   All the underground utilities are complete on the project.  Gerke has approximately 1 more day of street removals and base aggregate at the north end of Westside Drive.  They are not building the road today due to the rain.

 Augelli Concrete plans to come today to start setting up stringline for the remaining curb on the project.  If they do not get delayed with rain, they are planning to do the remaining curb and gutter on the project this Friday or Saturday.  

The current schedule is to complete the remaining asphalt on the project the week of October 22.


Panorama Estates:   Gerke Excavating now has base aggregate on the entire road.  Assuming they do not get further delayed with rain, Augelli Concrete is planning to do the curb and gutter on the project this Friday or Saturday.  

 The asphalt on the west side of USH 14 was completed last week.  After the asphalt was complete, Gerke modified the traffic control so they can start the median construction on the east end of the project today.



Request for Bids-Water/Sewer Service to Ag Woods Building


The City of Richland Center is requesting bids to install approximately 475 feet of water and sanitary sewer laterals from an existing curb stop and sanitary clean out to the Ag Woods building at 23250 County Hwy AA per Ag Woods Site Plan for Utilities. Pricing for both laterals shall be on a per foot basis and includes excavation, pipe, fixtures, connections and labor. Payment shall be based on actual footage installed. If installing in same trench, DNR required spacing between water and sewer is required. Water lateral to be laid 6 feet below ground surface.

Sanitary lateral shall be 6” SAR 35 minimum diameter pipe:
475 feet x price per foot is      $_____________ =                                            $___________

Water lateral shall be 1 ¼” HDPE (blue pipe) with tracer wire:
475 feet x price per foot is      $_____________ =                                            $___________

Allowance for interior plumbing to connect to meter base:                                        $   150.00
(Utility will furnish meter and meter horn)

Total Bid:                                                                                                                             $___________


Bids are due by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday October 25, 2018 and will be referred to the City Council on November 6, 2018. Bids should be mailed to City Clerk Melinda D. Jones, City of Richland Center, 450 S. Main Street, Richland Center, WI 53581 or emailed to

The City of Richland Center is an equal opportunity employer, provider and lender. The City of Richland Center reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Center Color Fest Parade 10/6/2018 7pm

Saturday, October 6, 2018 will be the date for the Center Color Fest Parade beginning approximately 7:00 p.m.  The parade is estimated to last one hour.  Please click on the link to view the parade route.  Color Fest Parade Route 10-6-18

Enjoy the parade and have fun!