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Ripon council may partner with Friends to help pay for new library carpeting
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Five-year-old Emily VanderWeide talks to Librarian Melinda Kopp about a book she found on a lower shelf. - photo by GLENN KAHL

The Ripon Memorial Library recently closed for remodeling.

The local San Joaquin County Public Library branch at 333 W. Main St. is getting new carpeting and is expected to have the work completed by Sunday, April 19.

Total cost for the project with installation is $50,554.

The Ripon City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the possibility of splitting that cost with the Ripon Friends of the Library.

If approved, the City of Ripon would fork out for half the cost or $25,277  byusing money from the General Capital Fund/ arks & Recreation.

Vice Mayor Dean Uecker made the request for the split funding.

The existing carpet was the original from when the new Ripon Memorial Library was constructed in 2006 and was in need of replacement.

Elected leaders, in addition, are scheduled to recognize longtime librarian Alicia Reynolds for her years of service and dedication.

She’s been with SJC Public Library since 1989 and in Ripon for the past 21 years.

Mayor Daniel de Graaf is expected to present the proclamation honoring Reynolds during open session in the Council Chamber, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

The first 25 seeking in-person attendance will be admitted inside for the monthly session.

In other agenda items:

  • Council members will have second reading and adoption on ordinance of “Accessory Dwelling Units” otherwise known as “granny flats” or “mother-in-law quarters,” bringing all amendments into compliance with the recent changes in State law.
  • They’re expected to accept the completed work by DSR Construction Inc. on the Wilma Avenue Driveway Project. Cost is $2,830 to be paid in 35 days.
  • Elected leaders will look to approve Tom Mayo Construction to handle asphalt repair in areas where excavation occurred – underground utilities, various pot holes, rutting and road failures – around the Jack Tone Road Interchange. Work will be paid via the Water & Sewer Enterprise Capital Fund and the Street & Road Operating Fund. Cost is not to exceed $55,000.

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