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Church gets OK to close 2nd St. for block party

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POSTED July 24, 2014 1:15 a.m.

In Ripon, Second Street is considered a major thoroughfare.

Because of that, Calvary Reformed Church needed the OK from elected leaders for next month’s End of Summer block party.

At last Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting, Police Chief Ed Ormonde indicated that similar-type events held in cul-de-sacs and not-too-busy roads are usually handled at the staff level, but a major street, as in this case, is a different matter.

 “We have to set up barricades and detours for road closures,” he said.

It was the Special Events Committee the made the suggestion that suggested this item go before the Council members for discussion. They had no problem approving the church’s request, voting 5-0.

The event will consist of carnival rides, live bands, free food, antique and classic cars not to mention a flurry of activities.

The block party at Calvary Reformed Church, 741 Second St., is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 24.

The corners of Second and Vera Avenue and Second and Palm Avenue – just south of West Main Street – will be closed off, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plans call for the antique and classic cars to be lined up along Second Street and carnival rides and activities on both sides of the street.

The event is expected to attract about 1,000 people.

As for parking, it will be limited to the adjacent streets.

Associate Pastor Don Schutt mentioned that church met with the three residents on that street.

“Two of the three belong to our church,” he told council. “We’ve already talked to all three and they gave us their blessing – we have all our bases covered.”

The block party isn’t limited to the church but an open invitation to the public. “We want all residents to come by and celebrate,” Rowe said.

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