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Ripon could be on new TV show for $20,000 fee

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POSTED February 15, 2013 12:58 a.m.

Communities of Distinction is a new television show featuring some of the best in America’s communities.

The City of Ripon could soon join those ranks.

Mayor Dean Uecker was recently approached by an assistant producer of the television series which, according to the Ripon City Council agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, is “an education-themed program that covers a diverse set of topics, and issues relative to cities, states and towns.”

Elected officials will discuss whether Ripon should take part on the upcoming programming for a segment on “Hidden gems to live, work, play and visit.”

If interested, the city, if selected, would be responsible for paying an upfront scheduling fee of $20,000.

Communities of Distinction is hosted by National Football League Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who explores fascinating regions of North America that people and businesses are proud to call home.

This item and more will be handled during the 7 p.m. open session at the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

The agenda also includes:

• Council members possibly adopting an amendment to the ordinance on their compensation and any raises – based on population – or any increase in the cost of health benefits must be approved via vote in a public hearing or meeting.

• They’ll look at the same ordinance that covers reorganization of council seats, amending it to take place on the second meeting in December.

• Council will also look to OK a resolution that authorizes city officials to execute an agreement with the California Emergency Management Agency on a grant for the bus maintenance facility. This California Transit Assistant Fund is for $50,000.

For more information, contact Ripon City Hall at 209-599-2108 or log on to

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