Notice of Budget Amendment


By a two-thirds vote of the City Council on July 3, 2018, the Council approved transferring $41,500.00 from the Capital Projects Outlay to Contingency in the 2018 Budget.

Melinda D. Jones
City Clerk/Treasurer
July 6, 2018


Drug Arrest Pending

Press Release
July 2, 2018


Chief Lucas Clements reports that at approximately 1:30 a.m. on July 1st Officers from the Richland Center Police Department responded to the Phoenix Center, located at 100 S. Orange St. for a report of a physical fight with injuries.

Upon arrival, Officers made contact with Dakota L. Lins, 23, of Lone Rock, who was found injured on scene. During contact with Lins, Officers found Lins to be in possession of 8.7 grams of methamphetamine, methamphetamine paraphernalia, suboxone, several clear plastic bags and a large amount of money.

Lins was subsequently transported to the Richland Hospital for his injuries and the investigation into the physical altercation at the Phoenix Center is ongoing.

When medically cleared, Lins will be arrested for; possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine (3-10g), possession with intent to deliver schedule II drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. All tentative charges will be referred to the Richland County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.



Drug Arrests

Press Release
July 2, 2018

On June 30th Officers from the Richland Center Police Department made several arrests at 505 S. Church St. in the City of Richland Center. The investigation began when Officers observed a vehicle registered to Steven Beach, who had an active felony arrest warrant through the Department of Corrections, parked outside the residence of 505 S. Church St.

Upon further investigation, Officers received additional information that Steven Beach was inside the residence. While Officers were conducting the initial investigation outside, the occupants of the residence locked the door to the residence and then refused to answer the door. Officers then made forced entry into the residence in order to arrest Beach on the Felony Arrest Warrant. Once inside, Officers located Steven Beach and another male subject, Robert Schoener, hiding in a small room in the residence. Officers also found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia located where Schoener had been hiding.

The owner of the residence, Marion McNamer, and McNamer’s adult son were also located within the residence. During the investigation, two additional parties, identified as Kiefer Beran and Jamie Merrill, were located outside the residence.

While speaking with Beran, an Officer observed a methamphetamine pipe protruding from his shorts pocket. During his subsequent arrest, Beran was also found to be in possession of marijuana. At around the same time, Merrill was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia and was taken into custody.

Consent to search the residence was then obtained by Officers. During that search, Officers located methamphetamine, scales, bags for packaging drugs, as well as other assorted drug paraphernalia. The Richland Center Police Department was assisted on scene by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit.

As a result of the investigation the following people were arrested and tentatively charged.

Marion D. McNamer, 41, Richland Center, Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and a probation violation.

Steven D. Beach, 47, Richland Center, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, and a probation warrant.

Robert J. Schoener, 28, Richland Center, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, and a probation violation.

Kiefer J. Beran, 26, Arena, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Felony Bail Jumping, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jamie L. Merrill, 39, Avoca, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Resisting/Obstructing an Officer.

The case has been referred to the Richland County District Attorney’s Office for formal charges to be filed against the above listed parties. Richland Center Police Chief Lucas Clements states “This investigation is a fine example of Patrol Officers being diligent and investigating the situation to the fullest legal extent.” Chief Clements added that “Methamphetamine usage presents many dangers, not only to the users, but to the overall community. Investigations such as this are essential in the ongoing fight against the distribution of this dangerous drug.”


Motor Vehicle Crash at Jones Chevrolet 6/13/2018


Press Release
June 13, 2018

The Richland Center Police Department reports that damage was done to multiple vehicles at Jones Chevrolet, as a result of a motor vehicle crash.

Chief of Police Lucas Clements states that, at approximately 10:04 AM Wednesday, June 13th, officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash off of US Highway 14 East, at the Jones Chevrolet dealership location.

Karoline L. Nee, 64, of Richland Center was operating a 2005 Pontiac Minivan eastbound on Hwy 14 when her vehicle contacted a guardrail, continued eastbound traveling off of the roadway to the south, into four unoccupied vehicles in the front of Jones Chevrolet parking lot. Nee and a single passenger were both transported to the Richland Center Hospital for possible injuries. Initial investigation into the cause of the crash revealed Nee suffered a medical event prior to leaving the roadway; alcohol and speed were not contributing factors.

As a result of the crash investigation, Karoline Nee faces tentative traffic charges including failure to maintain control of a vehicle and a seat belt violation. The police department was assisted at the scene by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Richland Center Fire Department, and Richland County Emergency Medical Services.


Street Construction Update:

Below is a construction update for the two projects under construction right now.

Westside Drive Reconstruction: Gerke Excavating has been working on the underground utilities on Miner Court over the last two weeks.  During the underground utilities construction, Gerke has temporary water set up on all the water services to the homes on Miner Court.  The sanitary sewer main on Miner Court was completed yesterday afternoon.  They have now started installing the water main on Miner Court from the north end of the cul de sac heading south.  Gerke estimates it will take approximately 5 days to install the water main on Miner Court and 2nd Street.  The hydrants are expected to be delivered next Tuesday.

After the water main has been installed and tested, they will begin replacing all the sewer and water services within the Phase 1 construction limits and install the storm sewer at the 2nd Street and Grove Street intersection.  All the underground utility replacement is estimated to be complete by June 25th.  Gerke will then begin building the road within the Phase 1 construction limits and start underground utility work at the north end of Westside Drive.


Panorama Estates:  Krueger Excavating (Duane Kleinsasser’s grading contractor) started grading on site this week.  He has made good progress this week and hopes to get as much area seeded as possible before it rains.  As part of the overall grading, he will be bringing the public road (Panorama Court) to subgrade for Gerke Excavating.  Bill Krueger expects to finish the road grading by the end of next week, assuming we continue to have good weather.

Gerke Excavating, the City’s contractor, plans to start construction on June 25th to start installing the public improvements.  They plan to start with the USH 14 intersection improvements and finish with constructing Panorama Court.  Their estimated completion date for the improvements is October 5th.


Matt Muchow, PE

Highway 14 East Lane Closures

The City was informed late last week that the State will be making repairs on the 4 lane section of Hwy 14 soon.  There are catch basins in need of repair that the City Street Department will be taking care of in preparation of the State repairs.  The catch basins will be repaired between May 29th and June 8th.  Lane closures will take place so motorists are asked to slow down and use caution while street repairs are being made.  Thank you!

June Dairy Days Parade – 6/16/18 at 10:30 A.M.

The June Dairy Days Parade will be held on Saturday June 16 beginning at 10:30 A.M.  The parade is expected to be approximately one hour and affected streets will be closed during the parade.   Please review the route on the link below.

6-16-18 Rodeo Parade Route

“WRIGHT” of Spring – Street Closure

There will be a “WRIGHT” of Spring event held on June 2, 2018 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the downtown area.

Street closures on Court Street between Main and Church Streets as well as Central Avenue between Seminary and Mill Streets will be closed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

City parking lots will be available for parking as well as handicap parking.

Outdoor toilet facilities will be located in the city parking lot next to the Auditorium.

Rosa Street will also be closed from Ithaca Road to the north.  The house located at 1 The Wright Way is on the Wright and Like tour.   With Rosa Street being on a steep hill and limited parking available, it is in the best interests of the public to close the street during the tour hours.  Property owners will have access to their property and a vehicle will be available to take people to the Barrett Tuxford house.

Join in the fun!!!  There will be good food, company and bands for your entertainment as well as a vintage vehicle show

Memorial Day Parade

The VFW Post 2267 will sponsor the Memorial Day Parade on May 28, 2018 starting at 10:00 a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m.  The Parade Route will close the street for a short time.

Lineup will begin about 9:30 a.m. on Central Avenue in front of the US Post Office.  The parade will travel south on Central Avenue, East on Court Street, North on Church Street, East on 8th Street, North on Park Street, East on Saloutos Drive into the cemetery where the ceremony will be held.

Highway 14 Lane Closure 5/21-5/25/18

The Richland Center Public Works Department will be closing the eastbound right lane of Highway 14 for storm sewer repairs beginning May 21st through May 25th, 2018 between Highway 80 and Sextonville Road.  Please use caution when traveling in the area.  Thank you!