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Dump illegally in Ripon & lose your car

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POSTED July 14, 2017 1:25 a.m.

Illegal dumping will no longer be tolerated in the City of Ripon.
On Tuesday, City Council voted 4-0 on passing the changes to the illegal dumping ordinance, with the amendment including stiff fines not to mention seizing and impounding of the vehicle.
Councilman Jake Parks was absent.
Penalties for a first-time violator will be a $1,000 fine. A second offense calls for increase fine of $1,500 and $3,000 for a third violation.
Those found guilty of dumping waste on “the right-of-way or any public highway, street, easement or thoroughfare, or upon any public park, private property, or on any premises, or in any container, without legal permission,” as stated in the ordinance, could face up to six months in the San Joaquin County Jail along with penalty of $3,000 for that first-time offender.
As for the procedures for seizing and impounding vehicles, the ordinance goes on to say that this part is intended “as a remedy to abate these public nuisances and to protect the City’s residents and the public from harm to their health, safety and welfare.”
Any vehicle used for the purpose of illegal dumping could be impounded for a period of up to 30 days, with the impounding agency having two working days to contact the registered owner of that car or truck.
Illegal dumping became a great concern for elected leaders when they discussed changes to the curbside spring clean-up program not too long ago.
This not only caused unsightly look to the city streets, but created health concerns – for example, some of the discarded materials attracted rodents, insects and other vermin.
Councilman Leo Zuber called for waiving the second reading and adopting the ordinance. No discussion was necessary.

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