COVID-19 Update from Mayor Coppernoll

June 25, 2020

Richland Center park shelters, and park play equipment, will re-open for public use July 1.

The Killian Meyer Building will also re-open July 1 – the Meyer Building, and the shelters, will have capacity limits – call 647-8108 for details.

Park bathrooms will open July 1, adult softball, and the youth rec program will also begin July 1. To sign up for adult activities, or to sign your child up for youth activities, please call 647-8108.

Bleachers will not be available this season, please bring chairs with you, and take them when you leave, thank you.

Park bathrooms, and the tables in the park shelters, will be sanitized once per day, early in the morning.

The Community Center, and the Senior Center, will remain closed until further notice.

The aquatic center will not open July 1, we’re awaiting an inspection by the state. At this point, the target date to open the aquatic center is July 4.

We will make an announcement regarding the opening of the aquatic center as soon as we have more details, there will be capacity restrictions in the aquatic center this season.

Signs will be posted in the parks, stating the threat of exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 exists, that by entering the parks, you are taking responsibility for your own protection, and that children should be supervised.

For further information, call 647-8108.

-Mayor Todd Coppernoll

2020 Census Self-Reporting Update

City of Richland Center residents current self-response rate is 65.2% for the 2020 census and the self-response rate in 2010 was 74.1%.  Also, Richland County is currently at 60.3% self-response rate and in 2010 it was 66.1%.  The State of Wisconsin is at 67.9% and ranked 2nd in the nation.

Residents are challenged to rank #1 in the nation for 2020!  The city residents response is extremely important to city government funding.

Residents can respond until October 31, 2020 but we want them to respond ASAP to avoid having a Census worker come knocking on their door, which begins on August 11th.

 

The Census Bureau still has jobs available because the time-frame has changed so I included some information on jobs you can share below.  The pay is $17 per hour.

https://2020census.gov/content/dam/2020census/materials/partners/2019-11/be-a-census-taker-card-2.pdf

Richland Airport – New Terminal Building

We are excited to announce that the Richland Airport will have begin site work on June 29, 2020, remove the existing terminal building and begin construction on a new one.   The project completion date is expected to be October 28, 2020.

This project is funded by the FAA, the State of Wisconsin, and the City of Richland Center.

Friede & Associates is the general contractor.

Park Street & 9th Street Intersection Closure June 4th 7am – 1pm

Due to the storm that went through the evening of June 2nd, the North side of 9th Street at the intersection of Park Street as well as the west side of Park Street will be closed for tree removal from 7am through 1pm on Thursday June 4th, 2020.

Employees will be present to direct traffic into one lane only.  Please be cautious and courteous if travelling on these streets.  Thank you

Park Recreation Activities and Aquatic Center to Remain Closed through June

May 26, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all city sponsored activities in Richland Center city parks are suspended through the month of June.

The one exception will be the fireworks, which will take place as scheduled, June 27th.  Tunderfest will not take place this year, but the fireworks will go on, WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING IN PLACE.

We’re asking people to view the fireworks from home, where possible, and we will be requesting permission for viewing of the fireworks from some area parking lots as well – a follow-up announcement will be made on this point when more information is available.

At some point in June, we will make a decision regarding a later opening date for the aquatic center and the resumption of youth activities and adult sports leagues.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

– Mayor Todd Coppernoll

Update on Downtown Parking for Carryout Orders

Thank you all for ordering from local businesses during the pandemic!  To make things more safe and easier for pickup of carryout orders, Orange Cones were placed in various parking spots in the downtown area.  The parking space in front of the cones are for pickup of a call ahead order from local businesses.  They will remain in place for the time being.  While businesses may open up, we still need to use safe practices.

Christy’s Sunnyside Bakery has two parking spaces on Court Street in front of the business.

O’Cooch Books & Libations has a parking space on Court Street in front of the business.

The Press Box has a parking space on Court Street in front of the business.

Kelly’s Coffee has a parking space on Court Street in front of the business.

Los Amigos II has a parking space on Court Street in front of Halvorson’s CPA business.

Please be kind and allow these businesses in the downtown to have customer parking that is socially distance safe for everyone during this COVID-19 Pandemic.  Thank you.

Mayor Coppernoll’s Announcement About Opening Local Businesses

May 14, 2020

Yesterday, by a 4-3 vote, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ended Governor Evers’, “Safer At Home” order. This decision forces local authorities to decide whether to re-open their communities at this time, or to continue restrictions until a later date – schools are not affected.

Last night, I consulted with local medical professionals, local law enforcement, and our County Administrator – a consensus was reached, and a decision has been made.

I am told, scientifically, there is no difference at this point between opening now, and opening in two weeks. I am told this is true because the safety measures put in place – sheltering at home, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and so on – have been effective.

These measures have achieved their objective of slowing the spread of COVID 19 locally, and, “flattening the curve.”  My physician advised me to remind people to remain vigilant, and to remember this means we have the opportunity to open a little earlier than we had planned, but it does not mean the virus is gone, or the threat no longer exists – it means these measures have been effective.

At this time, businesses in Richland Center may re-open, at their own discretion, and people may come and go from businesses, as they so choose.

City parks, the Community Center, and the Killian Meyer Building will remain closed at this time, to allow our Parks Department adequate time to prepare them for public use. No date has been set for their re-opening, an announcement will be made when a timeline is firmly in place.

-Mayor Todd Coppernoll

 

3 Ways to Respond to the 2020 Census

The current self-response rate is 62.5% for the 2020 census and the self-response rate in 2010 was 74.1%.

Also, Richland County is currently at 58.2% self-response rate and in 2010 it was 66.1%.  The State of Wisconsin is at 66.4% and ranked 2nd in the nation.

Richland Center residents – lets be the top ranked city in the state for the self response rate to the 2020 census!  Please see the handout below on how to respond to the census.

Census Self-Response Handout

 

Parks to Open May 1st-Shelters/Playgrounds Remain Closed

Mayor Todd Coppernoll announced:

In accordance with the recent orders of WI Governor Tony Evers, all buildings, shelters, and playgrounds must remain closed.

City Parks will re-open May 1, with social distancing – meaning, maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.

Buildings, shelters and playgrounds cannot be re-opened at this time.  If social distancing is ignored, the parks will close again until Governor Evers lifts his Safer At Home order.

Pine River Recreation Trail Open-Use Social Distancing

Effective immediately, the Richland Center Recreation Trail from County O at Wal-Mart, through the city to Highway 80 North – is open for public use. 

Social distancing is mandated on the trail – please allow six feet of open space between yourself and the nearest person, and when approaching someone from behind, please make your presence known when you reach a distance of ten feet behind them.

 If social distancing is not practiced, the trail will be closed again until Governor Evers lifts the, “Safer At Home” order.

 City parks remain closed at this time. 

-Todd Coppernoll, Richland Center City Mayor