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PG&E power shutoff plan before Ripon panel Tuesday
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PG&E’s plan to cut power for two to five days when extreme wildfire conditions exist in the foothills that are served by the major transmission line that cuts through San Joaquin County will affect only parts of Ripon.

That’s because residents and businesses, depending upon where they are located in Ripon, have either Modesto Irrigation District or PG&E service. MID customers aren’t expected to be impacted when PG&E de-energizes its transmission line.

Those in Ripon who could end up being impacted might want to hear what PG&E is planning, steps the city is preparing to take as well as what they should do.

At Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting, PG&E public affairs representative Dylan George is scheduled to provide an overview of the Community Wildfire Safety Program recently implemented beginning with the 2019 wildfire season.

According to Engineering Supervisor James Pease, city staff, in turn, will provide information on the potential impacts that the Wildfire Safety Program is expected to have on City’s services and utilities during the 6 p.m. open session in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

PG&E customers in Ripon could see themselves without power for up to five days. That would create problems for those relying in medical devices powered by electricity to maintain their health and stay alive. PG&E customers would also face the loss of perishable food which the for-profit utility said they will not cover.

Because of a mixture of MID and PG&E service, Ripon would not be hit as hard s Tracy, Manteca and Lathrop where PG&E has indicated the entire cities could be without power for five days forcing stores and business to close and making it impossible to pump gas.

In other agenda items:

Council members will consider options related to a recent residents’ petition to remove Sycamore trees along Jack Tone Road between Main Street and Doak Boulevard.

They’ll discuss the Grand Jury Case No. 0318 for Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin (Cold Cases in SJC: On the Back Burner) with a response on this matter being returned to the grand jury before Aug. 31.

Elected leaders will look to amend the “Commissions” ordinance, possibly eliminating the Community & Youth Commission and the Historic Museum Commission.

They’ll look once again at the ordinance amendment to “Dimension Regulations” of the Ripon Municipal Code pertaining to Recreational Vehicle Covers, in particular, the chapter on “Restrictions on Recreational Vehicle Parking in Residential Areas.”

Council, in addition, will determine as to which members, if any, are planning to attend the League of California Cities’ Annual Convention in Long Beach on Oct. 16 through Oct. 18.

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