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Material shortages bump up Stockton Avenue costs
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Some materials such as PVC piping are on the rise as work continues on the Stockton Avenue Rehabilitation Project in Ripon.

Since being awarded the project several months ago, D.A. Wood Construction Inc. has been working steadily on complete reconstruction on Stockton Avenue in Ripon.

The Stockton Avenue Rehabilitation Project includes that stretch from Second Street to Doak Avenue.

At Tuesday’s 6 p.m. meeting, the Ripon City Council will look to OK a change order “not to exceed $28,174” for the increased price of PVC pipe material.

In her staff report, Engineering Supervisor Elizabeth Quilici indicated the reason for that is due to a national material shortage.

Thus far, the project has consisted of repairs and replacements to several underground utilities.

The installation of a water main line and an industrial sewer main line – both will require PVC pipe material.

“The claim of force majeure stems from the historic freeze in late February and failure of the electrical grid in Texas, where the countries resin products are located – resins are required in the production of PVC pipe material,” Quilici noted.

The remaining balance of Measure K funds will defray cost for the change order.

Stockton Avenue is targeted for completion sometime in spring 2022. The finished product will compliment the rest of historic downtown with concrete pavers, six-foot sidewalks, and striped with a middle two-way turn lane.

The monthly session will be held in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave. Those in attendance will required to abide by CDC protocol such as social distancing. Occupancy will be limited to the first 25 people.

The meeting will also be available via livestream at

In other agenda items:

  • Elected leaders will look at the resolution that calls for adopting a list of projects to be funded under “The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017” to be submitted, pending approval, to the California Transportation Commission in order to being the process of funding via the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account for fiscal year 2021-22.
  • They’ll look to OK the agreement with Jocelyn E. Roland for psychological services for the Ripon Police Department.
  • Council members could approve and authorize City Administrator Kevin Werner to sign the Second Amendment to the General Services Agreement with GHD Inc. to finalize the City’s Downtown Circulation Student and Streetscape Improvement plan.
  • A public hearing is scheduled to consider an update of the City’s Corporate Yard fee-based plan prepared by Goodwin Consulting.
  • Two more public hearings are on tap for the proposed City Budget for 2021-22 and the Zoning Text Amendment to the Chapter on “Cargo Container, Storage Container and Construction Dumpsters.”