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City embraces clock proposal by Ripon Library

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POSTED August 28, 2014 1:10 a.m.

Imagine a standalone two-sided clock in downtown near the Ripon Memorial Library.

That’s what Harrison Gibbs is proposing on behalf of the Ripon Rotary Club.

“It would be a memorial clock recognizing the founders of Ripon and paid through donations,” he said at last week’s Ripon City Council meeting.

The plan also calls for a drip irrigation system for the curbside planter bed that would need a little boost from the city in maintaining.

Gibbs is also looking to place a Ripon sign on the Main Street interchange on a plot of land belonging to Caltrans. City officials would have to go into negotiations with the state agency in order to help pave the way.

“There are no (welcome to Ripon) signs going northbound,” he said. “It might help business.”

As for the clock, Gibbs indicated that it would stand about 11-feet tall on a concrete footing. “We would have to set the footing first,” he added.

Councilman Dean Uecker has seen the plans for the clock. “It’s awesome,” he said.

Gibbs and City Administrator Kevin Werner scouted downtown sites for possible locations. “We walked by the library and we liked the visibility and that there were no trees to drip (sap) over it,” said Gibbs.

As the city prepares to put forth a resolution on accepting the donation, he’s working gathering donations and sponsorships for the clock, which will get its power source from an adjacent street lamp and is equipped with a self-adjusting clock set via GPS.

“I think this will enhance Main Street,” said Gibbs, who is hoping to order the clock soon and have in place by October.


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