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Residents donating new police dog to Ripon Police unit
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Kilo of the Ripon Police Department K-9 Unit may be retiring from service next summer.

Enter Vector von Gruber Grimm or Vitus, for short, a 3-year-old German Shephard who has been trained in obedience, tracking, protection work, and is currently being cross-trained in narcotics.

Mike and Janeen Fisher of Fisher Nursery will look to donate the K-9 at tonight’s Ripon City Council meeting.

Police Chief Ed Ormonde said in his report that he was contacted by Mike Fisher, a local businessman and community member – he severed several terms on the Ripon Unified school board – with the unique opportunity to support local police.

Fisher was aware of the probability of Kilo retiring in spring or summer of 2020, offering up the purchase of a new K-9 via his family business.

Kilo, 9, came to the department in 2012 and has served as a drug-detection K-9 for 7 ½ years.

Vitus is a $15,000 donation that will help in filling the eventual void of Kilo’s retirement in 2020.

The City, in turn, would be responsible for the expenses associated with maintenance training, veterinarian care, food, and any other associated cost.

The approval by elected leaders is required during the 6 p.m. open session in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

In other agenda items:

Council members will again look into the “Dimension Regulations” of the municipal code pertaining to Recreational Vehicle Covers in regards to boats and RVs.

They’ll look to possibly add to ordinance on “Regulation of Sidewalk Vendors.” 

Public hearings are scheduled for adopting and increasing the cost of providing health benefits to City Council members; unmet transit needs within the City of Ripon; and development fee amendment for the San Joaquin County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation and Open Space Plan for all new development.

Elected leaders will look at approving a change order for additional school crossing signs and poles for electronic hand signals on the Park View Elementary Safe Route to School project.

Mayor Leo Zuber, with approval from council, will look to sign the Interagency Agreement with San Joaquin Regional Transit District to perform grant management services for the FTA to complete the Preliminary Engineering for the Ripon Multi-Modal Station.

uHe’ll also be granted the authority to sign lease agreement with the Ripon Historical Society for the Clarence Smit Museum at 430 W. Main St.

For more information, log on to www.cityofripon.org.