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Ripon council delays vote on canceling

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POSTED July 10, 2014 1:10 a.m.

The Ripon City Council will wait until next meeting to decide whether or not to cancel or change the Aug. 5 session.

The date conflicts with National Night Out, which is held on the first Tuesday of August.

“What’s on the agenda (for Aug. 5)?” Councilman Jake Parks asked.

City Administrator Kevin Werner indicated that only one item with a time element is scheduled for the August meeting. But this item could possibly be moved up to the July 15 meeting.

“If there’s only housekeeping items couldn’t it wait for (another) meeting,” added Parks, who, along with his colleague Leo Zuber, appears in favor of canceling Aug. 5 meeting.

Council members will take part in the annual NNO at the Community Center, and scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m.

Their meetings usually begin at 7 p.m., but could be moved up two hours in order to accommodate the wishes of the council.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Elden ‘Red’ Nutt and Councilman Dean Uecker, to a certain degree, believe it’s their obligation as elected leaders to conduct these meetings. 

NNO is sponsored by the City of Ripon and Ripon Ministerial Association, and the event features free hot dogs and bottled water to those in attendance.

Friendly rivalries among the various city departments are rekindled. For example, the police department often takes on the fire district in a watermelon-eating contest.

NNO also has tug-of-war along with a car show featuring classic vehicles and City’s emergency vehicles will be on display.

Other features include the inflatable waterslides, face painting, crafts, karaoke, and Bingo.

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