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POSTED August 7, 2017 1:10 a.m.

All of the City of Ripon could one day have LED in all street lights.

But that may have to wait until after a 15-year lease-purchase is paid off in 2021 for the induction street lights conversion dating back in 2006.

At the time, LED was still an emerging technology, according to City Administrator Kevin Werner.

He’s scheduled to lead the discussion at Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting on the continuing efforts to repair induction lights.

The open session begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

In his staff report, Werner said: “All street lights in the City (that it owns) are operated and maintained by the Ripon Lighting District – the ownership of the District was transferred from San Joaquin County of the City in 2004.”

In turn, property owners with the District boundaries are required to pay a fee to pay for the operation and maintenance of street lights.

Currently, 748 of the 1,311 street lights are owned, operated and maintained by the Ripon Lighting District. PG&E owns and takes care of the other 563 street lights.

When the High Pressure Sodium lights were changed over to induction, the total cost for this project came about to about $454,000, with $420,000 of that being funded by the lease-purchase financing agreement.

Elected leaders talked about finding parts to repair the induction lights back in February, with finding parts being tough go at the time. The City has since come across a reliable vendor.

LED technology for street lights is now the standard used by most cities – the City of Ripon, in fact, requires developers to install LED street lights as part of all new subdivisions.


In other agenda items:

uCouncil members will discuss priority projects of the Community Development Block Grant and Home Programs, directing staff to hold public hearings on re-allocating the funds.

uThey’ll discuss Senate Bill 649 and consider whether or not to enter into a commercial agreement with a private company’s plan to market public space to small wireless companies.

uStaff is scheduled to talk about the process for an internet provide to provide services in Ripon.

uMayor Dean Uecker is scheduled to recognize August as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Every Drop Matter – better known as the Ice Bucket Challenge – until there’s a cure. He’ll also proclaim Oct. 15 through 21 as Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week.

uStaff will recommend that the Council approve the City’s share of expenses with the Ripon Unified School District on repairs ($7,500 for co-generation facility and $10,000 to replace the baffles on the sand filter) to the Aquatic Center Pool.


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