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Ripon spending $208K on ramps, sidewalks

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POSTED October 5, 2017 1:28 a.m.

The parking lot at the Senior Center along with handicap ramps and new sidewalks along parts of Pine Street and McKee Court will soon get makeovers.
The Ripon City Council recently agreed to allocate $208,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to go towards the two projects.
CDBG – a long-running program of the Housing Urban Development – is a flexible federally-funded program that allows communities with the resources to address a wide range of development needs.
Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart presented a list of eligible CDBG projects to elected leaders at last month’s meeting.
Council, in turn, directed staff to allocate the City’s current year CDBG funding as well as the unused funds from the previous year.
The funds will make possible the Second Street Alleyway project to the Pine Street and McKee Court handicap ramp / sidewalk project along with the Senior Center parking lot rehab project.
In February, Council allocated about $58,000 from the 2017-18 CDBG public works project funds while relocating $143,000 from previous year’s unused public works project funds to an alleyway reconstruction project, Zuidervaart said.
Since that time, staff was able to compile a list of eligible projects, presenting the Pine Street / McKee Court handicap ramp / sidewalk project and the Senior Center parking lot rehab project at the August meeting.
A public hearing was held at the Sept. 12 meeting prior to the Council’s unanimous approval.

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