Request for Bids- Rip Rap on the Pine River

The City of Richland Center is requesting sealed bids to RIP RAP a section along the Pine River underneath the west end of the Footbridge, on the east side of the river. This will consist of 260 feet, approximately 130 feet above and below.

Pine River West Footbridge Streambank Protection Plan 2021-2022

Location and specifications can also be picked up at City Hall, 450 S. Main St., Richland Center, WI


Contractor will be required to purchase, pick up and deliver rock to the site. Access will be from US-14W at approximately 700 W 6th St, near the crosswalk.

Any questions should be directed to David Fry at 608-604-0398.


Bids should be clearly marked as “Bid for Rip Rap of the Pine River” and are due no later than 3:00 p.m. on December 3rd, 2021 and should be mailed to the City Clerk at 450 S. Main Street, Richland Center, WI  53581 or emailed to


The City of Richland Center reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

The City is an equal opportunity employer, provider, and lender.

Downtown Parking Lot Limitations – 11/22/21

Contractors will again be doing work in the downtown parking lot adjacent to the Richland County Performing Arts Center (182 N. Central Ave.).  Starting on Monday, November 22nd, Daniels Construction will be back on site addressing the underground fuel tank that was worked on earlier this month.  Parking may be limited for up to three days; however, if work goes without unexpected issues, parking will be returned to normal as soon as possible.  Barricades and signs will be in place while the work is being done.  The parking lot will remain open and only the parking spaces affected will be those adjacent to the work site.

It’s all in preparation for the construction of an elevator at the former City Auditorium.  That construction will take place in a few weeks and may require the entire downtown lot to be closed for the duration of the project.  An exact start date for the elevator construction has not yet been determined.


Please take notice that a Public Hearing and Consideration of recommendation for the City of Richland Center Comprehensive Plan, 2022-2032 will be held on Thursday, December 16th, 2021 beginning at 6:00 PM.

The proposed Comprehensive Plan is an update to the City of Richland Center’s comprehensive plan adopted in 2007. Updates include changes to all required sections of the plan including the Future Land Use Map.  A series of public hearings and activity sessions informed the creation of the Comprehensive Plan 2022-2032.

Copies of the DRAFT Richland Center Comprehensive Plan, 2022-2032 are available for review at the City Hall, 450 S. Main St., Richland Center, WI and at the Brewer Public Library, 325 N Central Ave, Richland Center, WI.  The Comprehensive Plan is also available (below) on the City of Richland Center’s website.

The public is invited to speak on the proposed Comprehensive Plan at the Public Hearing. Written comments may be submitted prior to, or at the public hearing. Any questions, written comments, or requests for a copy of the proposed update should be directed to the City Clerk, Aaron Joyce, 608-647-3466 or Written comments will be given the same weight as oral testimony and be part of the public record. Written comments need to be received by the end of the day on Friday, December 10th, 2021.

The Richland Center Plan Commission will review the comments received following the public hearing and may take action to recommend change the city council adopt the plan, with or without changes to the draft.

Dated the 4th day of November, 2021.

City of RC-Comprehensive Plan 2022-32

Dog Park Shelter Construction

We will be constructing a new shelter at the Dog Park today, October 20th, be prepared for possible temporary closures to make that happen and keep your pups safe.


Park Updates

All Parks WATER will be shut down as of today, October 19th, including drinking fountains and Eunice Keepers bathrooms.

There are still Port-a-Potties available for your convenience, as well as the Dr. Kilian Meyer bathrooms.

The WATER at the Dog Park will be shut down this Friday, October 22.

We will be constructing a new shelter at the Dog Park this week sometime, be prepared for possible temporary closures to make that happen and keep your pups safe.



Court Street Sidewalk Work 10-14-21

The Richland Center Water Utility will be working to replace a broken water curb stop in the main entrance area located on the Court Street side of Court and Main Furniture / Wertz Floor and Home.

On Thursday October 14, repair work will close the sidewalk and Court Street entrance to the business to allow for excavation and repairs. Curb and gutter will be replaced on Friday morning and sidewalk will be replaced on Monday October 18th. Barricades will be in place to protect the work zone over this time. Traffic on Court Street will remain open, however some parking on the North side of Court Street will also be blocked off.

Customers are advised the entrance on the Main Street side of Court & Main Furniture / Wertz Floor and Home will be open and the business will be open normal hours during this construction.

Richland Center Water Utility and Court & Main / Wertz Floor and Home appreciate your patience and patronage while this infrastructure repair is made.


November 2021 – The Community Center/Senior Center is currently open at a 75% capacity. Please note this may be subject to change. Call for more information.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Seminary Street Closure 10/04/2021

Richland Center Street Superintendent Terry Nelson reports that a 1-block portion of Seminary Street in downtown Richland Center will be closed starting on Monday (October 4) to facilitate a storm sewer replacement project.  The project by Badger Environmental & Earthworks will take approximately two weeks to complete.  As a result, the 1-block portion of Seminary Street between Main Street and Central Avenue will be closed.  Anyone with questions should contact Richland Center Public Works Superintendent Terry Nelson at 647-3559.

Request for Bids for Dehumidifiers for the Brewer Public Library


The City of Richland Center is requesting bids for six Dehumidifiers to attach to six existing Bryant Plus95S – Model 355CAV, furnace units within the Brewer Public Library. This will consist of two furnaces per floor on three floors.  Each furnace covers 29,250 cubic feet.

Questions may be directed to Dave Fry at 608-604-0398 or Martha Bauer at 608-712-4147.

Bids should be returned to the City Clerk’s Office at 450 S. Main Street or emailed to no later than 2:00pm on October 15, 2021.

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

Job Posting: City Administrator

City Administrator

Richland Center, Wisconsin (pop. 5,000). The City of Richland Center is currently seeking a professional City Administrator.  Richland Center is a vibrant and growing community looking for an innovative, empowering and proactive municipal leader.  As a key representative of the City, the successful candidate will be understanding and compassionate of Richland Center as a diverse and unique community.

Richland Center is one of Wisconsin’s great small Cities located in the heart of the beautiful Driftless Region in southwest Wisconsin.  Richland Center is nestled in the Pine River valley and is approximately 1hr 25min from LaCrosse – WI, Madison – WI, and Dubuque, Iowa.  Richland Center is the county seat and the center of Richland County’s commerce, industry, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

As a community that must continue to adapt and reinvent itself, Richland Center values and celebrates its culture and traditions while planning for and embracing its future.  Tourism in Richland Center is thriving and is known for outdoor attractions like kayaking, trout fishing, and biking, as well as historical attractions like being the birth place of Frank Lloyd Wright and the home of the first Civic Auditorium that was built in the State of Wisconsin.  The economy is anchored by a location of the fortune 500 Company – Rockwell International and large dairy producers Schreiber and Foremost Foods.  Richland Center also has a strong healthcare and education system.

The City has 32 full-time and 10 part-time employees.  These employees are a part of the Public Works, Police and Fire, Park and Recreation, and Administration Departments.  The City is also responsible for the Brewer Public Library, airport, and cemetery.   The annual City budget is approximately $5 Million.  The City is financially sound with numerous growth opportunities.

The ideal City Administrator will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in public administration (Master’s preferred) or a closely related field
  • At least six years of increasingly responsible management experience in an executive position such as department head, assistant manager, city manager or administrator.
  • A strong background in budgeting/municipal finance and personnel management
  • A high level of integrity with open and positive communication skills
  • Experience with collaborative styles and consensus building
  • Knowledge in TIF and grant writing is a plus
  • A history of stable tenures in previous positions

The City Administrator is appointed by the Mayor and eight-member Common Council. Starting salary range: $70,000-$85,000 plus health, State of Wisconsin retirement (WRS), employer paid term life insurance, and other fringe benefits.

Candidates should apply with application, resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to Aaron Joyce – City Clerk    Direct questions to Mayor Todd Coppernoll or 608-604-5399.

City Administrator Job Description – Revised 8-03-21

Application 2020