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Ripon ponders removing Jack Tone sycamore trees
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The sycamore trees along a stretch of Jack Tone Road have been a nuisance to residents along the bike lane.

During the early spring and fall, these trees produce seed pods that often become dry and open, releasing small seeds typically last about two weeks.

 At today’s 6 p.m. meeting, the Ripon City Council will discuss plans calling for removal of these trees as a follow up to the July 9 meeting.

The open session will take place in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

The trees were planted along many streets in Ripon, according to the staff report, because sycamores are fast growing while providing a large canopy for shade.

In some areas, the trees are maintained by the property owner and in other areas, maintained by the City.

Council recently received a petition from many of the home owners along south Jack Tone Road, calling for the removal of the sycamores between Main Street and Doak Boulevard – maintained by the City – because of the mess produced by the trees.

Elected leaders are expected to weigh in on the next move.

In other agenda items:

uThey’ll once again talk about the “dimension regulation” of the Ripon Municipal Code on Recreational Vehicle Covers, in particular, on the “Restrictions on Recreation Vehicle Parking in Residential Areas.”

uCouncil members could approve the second reading and adoption of the Calvary Reformed Church development agreement which calls for extension of another 15 years.

uStaff may get the OK to complete the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant application for the East Main Street traffic signal project and the CNG garbage truck purchase.

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