Two thousand and seventeen has come and gone already and the Daily Guide is looking back on all the moments that Richland shared as a community with help from Mayor Eldon Haun.

Haun wrote via e-mail that the best moment of the year for the city was “when we finally finished with our demolition grant. The improvement to our town is wonderful, but it will be even better when people start building single dwelling homes to replace many of the torn down structures. Our city looks amazing and we hope this invites people to live here and raise a family as well.”

The biggest challenge of the year, according to Haun, “was and still is to provide the citizens with the best possible utilities available to them at the best possible cost. We are working hard on improving our utility infrastructure, but this will take time. We want the citizens to know that the city is working on keeping the utilities going at a fair and reasonable price, but we want the citizens to know that their [sic] are also things that they must do as well such as adequate insulation and to conserve energy at all times. We welcome any input from our citizens and look forward to continued dialogue.”

According to Haun, Richland, as a community, hopes to continue “with the electrical upgrade to our utility system. We are also continuing the process of tree trimming to see that the new lines and utility infrastructure can be achieved. We would like to see continued use of our city park and new uses for it. We would like to see an opportunity for a small business or two to open up in our town. We would also like to see more construction of single family dwelling housing. We believe that we have a beautiful city and one that is attractive to new families and business[es].”

The city has changed in a few ways, according to Haun: “Sometimes change is not seen by how large something is, but by how small changes are made,” according to Haun. “We are looking at small changes that will benefit everyone. We see a state of the art new Pharmacy that will serve the need of the entire community. We have scene [sic] beautification projects to the streets, parks and cemetery. We see a town that is clean and very desirable to live in and be a part of as well.”

According to Haun, “We had two different groups come over from the fort and they helped up [sic] out with striping streets and parking lots in town. They also helped out by painting the bleachers at the park and other paint jobs at the park such as the park walking track bridges. We also have had most of the cemetery paved so that people can visit the grave sites of loved ones. This was done from anonymous individual donations to the city for improvements to our cemetery. These improvements bring out positive growth to our town.”

The city’s big wish or dream for next year, according to Haun, is to see “a small scale business of some kind to locate to Richland. We can provide access to railroads that a company can use. We also would like to see our park used more often for various community activities. We would also like to see more construction of single family homes that will allow families to live and grow in our community.”

The Richland community shared a few memories at Shady Dell Park this year. One event was Relay for Life Saturday, August 19. According to Goldie Spahn, Community Manager, Relay for Life, 250 supporters attended throughout the event and 400 luminaries lit the track that night. Saturday, October 28 was the Trail of Treats event. Kids came dressed up in their costume and with a sweet tooth. “Hocus Pocus” played in the park later that night for the children’s entertainment.