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Ripon tables chair policy for non-profits

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POSTED November 7, 2013 1:41 a.m.

The chair usage policy was put on hold.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Ripon City Council decided to wait on approving the use of 150 chairs currently stored at Mistlin Sports Park, requesting staff to check out what other non-profit groups might qualify under the proposed usage policy.

The policy, as written, identifies American Legion Post 190 and Veterans of Foreign War Post 1050.

That’s due in part to American Legion playing host to the Veterans Day service – this year’s hour-long program is scheduled for Monday, 10:30 a.m., at the Ripon Veterans’ Museum and Memorial Wall, 311 First St. (Ripon Community Center, 344 W. Fourth St., in case of rain) – while VFW handling services at the Ripon Cemetery while sponsoring the Memorial Day service in May.

Councilman Leo Zuber, for one, asked, “What about the other non-profits, schools, etc. in town?”

Mayor Dean Uecker noted that some of the old chairs had been donated to schools. He and colleague Elden ‘Red’ Nutt belong to both VFW and American Legion.

“Veterans Day and Memorial Day services are both community event,” Uecker said.

Those 150 chairs were among the 600 purchased by the City of Ripon intended initially for functions at the Mistlin Sports Park amphitheater.

Over the years, the City extended usage to community-wide events, specifically, Memorial Day and Venter Day services.

But in order to do that, Council approval was required.

Last April, elected leaders requested staff to put together a policy in order to do away with the process of having to approve the request on chair usage each time.

The proposed policy for chair usage defines non-profits as approved 501 ( c ) 3 organizations with principles and a permanent meeting place in the corporate limits of the City, with a bona fide membership of 25 or more and established in Ripon for a minimum of one year.

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