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New Ripon handicap ramps

Targeted for Robert & Vera intersections

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POSTED August 5, 2014 1:47 a.m.

The construction of nine new handicap ramps at the intersections along Robert and Vera avenues are expected to get the OK at today’s Ripon City Council meeting.

Currently, there’s no access for disabled people in that area of central Ripon.

At the 5 p.m. session – elected leaders agreed to go with the earlier time in order to attend the National Night Out event scheduled from 6 to 9 o’clock at the Community Center – Council will look at making the efforts possible via the Handicap Ramp Project 2014 as funded by the Community Development Block Grant program.

“City staff typically self performs the environmental review for projects that do not receive federal funds in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act, “ said Supervisor James Pease of the Engineering Department in his report.

The Community Development Block Grant, incidentally, is administered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, receiving federal funds that are subject to the National Environmental Policy Act.

NEPA not only reviews the process but will involve additional environmental impact research and reporting beyond that of the current experience of city staff, he added.

Council is expected to approve the proposal as submitted by Base Camp Environmental of Stockton for the amount not to exceed $2,700, which will assist staff in completing the required environmental documents for the handicap ramp project.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

For more information, call the City of Ripon at 209.599.2108 or log on to www.cityofripon.org.

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