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Ripon river cleanup set for Sept. 20

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POSTED August 27, 2014 12:41 a.m.

The South San Joaquin Irrigation District is sponsoring a river clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Part of that area will be along the Stanislaus River in Ripon. SSJID provides reliable and affordable source of irrigation water for 72,000 acres of agricultural land for Escalon, Manteca and Ripon.

According to City of Ripon Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart, Public Works is been doing its part to pick up trash along the river. “They’ve volunteered to assist with the picking up of the bags collected (on Sept. 20),” he said his recent report the Ripon City Council.

From 9 a.m. to noon, the SSJID-led cleanup efforts are scheduled to begin in this area at the bike bridge which runs parallel with the Highway 99.

“(The cleanup) will follow along the river bank,” Zuidervaart said.

He added that pizza and drinks will be provided by volunteers at an area by the Jack Tone Golf Course.

In other staff reports, Police Chief Ed Ormonde acknowledged the Ripon Ministerial Association along with city staff, firefighters and his own officers for their help at National Night Out at the Community Center.

Recreation Director Kye Stevens indicated that the free family movie night sponsored by the City was again successful. “We’ve received positive feedback and the community is excited for next year,” he said.

City Administrator Kevin Werner noted in his year-end 2013-14 fiscal results that the City had a surplus of $490,000 in the General Budget. The total revenue was $9.5 million, which, he said, was 6 percent higher than budgeted.

All told, expenses came in at $9.1 million, which was 3 percent higher than budgeted, Werner said.

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