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Ripon council meeting goes virtual Tuesday due to virus pandemic
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Ripon City Council members will meet for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic emergency was declared in mid-March.

They’ll do so under the guidance from the California Department of Public Health and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office.

In effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday will not be open to the public. Comments on specific agenda items can be sent via e-mail to www.cityclerk@cityofripon.org  by 4 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

The actual meeting can be seen livestream at https://youtube.com/channel/UC3beMkR-zyglcR6r3qmE0mw.

Elected leaders may choose to attend the meeting virtually or in person while practicing social distancing.

The Capital Improvement Program for the fiscal year 2020-21 is the only discussion item on the agenda.

This describes transportation, water, sewer, drainage and facility capital improvements planned for the next five years.

CIP is not a budget but rather a planning tool for the budget process – documents here could provide strategy for the planning of necessary land acquisition, design, environmental, and construction requirements.

Council members could look at the CIP in terms of providing vital services to the community (water, wastewater, etc.) along with possibly the implementation of the City’s General Plan and adopted Master Plans.

They’ll also look at the existing traffic patterns and associated improvements needed while seeking direction and looking into the availability of funding.

Other agenda items include:

  • Council members adopting a resolution that directs staff to carry out Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order along with the Order of San Joaquin County Public Health Officer and Director of Emergency Services of the County of SJC as related to the threat of the coronavirus.
  • They’ll look at passing a resolution regarding the Cycle One Measure K non-competitive Bicycle, Pedestrian and Safe Route to School program funds for $53,549 for the Lower Stanislaus River Multi-Use Trail project.
  • Elected leaders will also look at a change order in the amount of $8,282 with Pacific Excavation to go towards the Colony & Hoff Signal Project.
  • They’re scheduled to approve the 2020 Pavement Management Report, which identifies the overall Pavement Condition Index for Ripon streets, with recommendations on the most effective and efficient use of limited funding for maintenance.

More on the agenda can be found at www.cityofripon.org.