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Ripon expected to reject use of red light cameras
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Cut-through commuter traffic through downtown has been a hot-button topic for the City of Ripon.

But installing the Redflex Traffic Enforcement System at the intersection of Main Street and Jack Tone Road may not be the answer to the problem.

For that, Police Chief Ed Ormonde will not recommend the Red-Light Enforcement for eastbound traffic at Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting.

The open session will begin at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

“During the past three months the department has seen a dramatic shift  in traffic patterns, resulting in less traffic at this intersection during the peak commute hours (4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays) and resulting in fewer red-light violations,” he said his report of this discussion item.

Elected leaders had favored installing the RedFlex Traffic Enforcement System in recent months.

Ormonde noted that the one of the big reasons for opt-out is RedFlex altering its initial contractual requirement to a three-year, three-camera contract.

Council’s other discussion item will be the 2020 Pavement Management Report, which identifies the overall Pavement Condition Index for Ripon streets and roads along with recommendations on the most effective and efficient use of limited funding for maintenance.

In other items:

  • Council members could recommend to retire Kilo, the Police Drug Detection K-9, effective Wednesday, March 11, in turn, allowing for the adoption of Kilo, who has been with local police since 2013, by Officer Mike Perry. The City would no longer pay for the annual care associated with Kilo, estimated at about $3,500. Kilo’s replacement Vitus is scheduled to fill the vacancy on March 27.
  • They’ll look to approve the VSS International change order (not to exceed $56,282) for the installation of rapid flashing beacons at four locations in the Mulholand / California Resurface Project while replacing the in-road lighting system that’s no longer operating.

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