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Ripon mulls telecasting council meetings

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POSTED June 14, 2013 1:35 a.m.

About a month ago, Ripon City Council members discussed the possibility of televising their meetings.

They’ll revisit that plan of possibly using internet-streaming as one of the broadcasting options at their Tuesday session in the Ripon City Hall Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

Elected leaders could give the OK for staff as to which option to pursue during the 7 p.m. open session.

Thus far, Ripon officials did a feasibility study, looking at the City of Manteca as one of the models. They noted that their neighbors not only are updating their technology but upgrades will cost $176,000 for the first stage.

Vice Mayor Chuck Winn mentioned at the May 7 meeting that the city’s Information System Technician Dan Brannon may have ideas on doing the online video-streaming at a reasonable cost. “We can do it for a lot less if it is not as sophisticated,” he said.

His colleague, Jake Parks, appeared in favor of broadcasting meeting.

“(As a Council) we need to be as transparent as possible – we need to get people as involved as possible,” he said.

Other items on the agenda include:

• Appointing Connie Jorgensen as a voting member of the Historical Museum Commission for a term that expires in 2016.

• Determining if anyone on the Council will be attending the annual conference in Sacramento on Sept. 18-20 (if so, cost is $525 per person for the conference, $129 to $159 for hotel accommodations).

• Authorizing Deputy City Administrator Kevin Werner to sign agreements with Croce & Company to perform the audit report.

• Recommending Stephanie Hobbs to the San Joaquin Council of Government’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee.

• Authorizing Mayor Dean Uecker to sign the addendum to continue the annual underground monitoring and reporting through June 1, 2015.

• Approving a change order at the Mistlin Softball Fields, consisting of concrete flatwork at a cost of $14,385.

For more information, call Ripon City Hall at 209-599-2108 or log on to www.cityofripon.org.

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