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Ripon council debates when to reorganize

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POSTED February 1, 2013 12:51 a.m.

Elected leaders will look to make a change on an ordinance regarding their reorganization and compensation on Tuesday.

Since their compensation is based on the population, Ripon City Council members are in charge of approving any raises.

When it comes to reorganizing the council seats, they’re leaning towards amending that to “the first meeting in December during the non-election years and after election results are certified during election years.”

The original ordinance listed the reorganization taking place on the first meeting in January in non-election years, and after the election results are certified by the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters in an election year.

“Reorganization should be the same for election and non-election years in order to be less confusing,” Councilman Elden ‘Red’ Nutt said at the previous meeting.

His colleague, Leo Zuber, pointed out that the ordinance also tied into the compensation of the council, in accordance to state law.

“Compensation should not be automatically raised by the state,” he added. “Any raise should be approved by a vote of the City Council.”

This item and others will be discussed at the 7 p.m. open session inside the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

The agenda also include:

• A resolution from council to the City of Ripon, authorizing destruction of certain financial records, documents, instruments, books and papers dating back to 2004-05.

• The appointment of Leslie A. Cullinane to the San Joaquin County Commission on Aging.

• The re-appointment of Chad DeGraff to the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the appointment of Bonnie Graham as an alternative voting member on the Senior Commission.

• An authorization allowing Mayor Dean Uecker to ink the cooperative agreement with the San Joaquin Council of Government to help pave the way for Measure K Renewal to serve as a funding source for the Ripon transit operations.

• A change order by O.C. Jones & Son for additional work at the Mistlin Sports Complex (softball fields) caused by various exiting utility conflicts for an underground infrastructure.

For more information, log on to www.cityofripon.org.

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