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Ripon repairs storm water outfall
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The faulty storm water outfall structure near Jack Tone Golf is on target to be repaired in time.

For that, the Ripon City Council acknowledged Siegfried Engineering Inc. of Stockton for spearheading the efforts during the emergency situation.

“It’s being done so fast,” said Councilman Mike Restuccia at Tuesday’s meeting.

At last month’s meeting, Director of Public Works James Pease said that an employee, who was out emptying trash cans, noticed one of the outfall structures had collapsed down to about six to eight feet.

The City has eight outfall structures in all used to convey storm water to the nearby Stanislaus River.

With the water level running at a low 200 cubic feet per second – at the time – Pease, who requested the emergency item be placed on the agenda at the September meeting, indicated now was the time to get work done given that New Melones dam schedules the releasing of the pulse flows to help the migration of salmon. In doing so, the Stanislaus River will see its water flow jump to 1,500 cubic feet per second, making work impossible, he said.

Construction was scheduled for completion by last Thursday’s deadline or prior to the increased flows of the Stanislaus River – Siegfried also handled the permitting, survey, and design of construction drawings.

The Professional Services Agreement with Siegfried Engineering was to not exceed $86,500, paid via the City’s Storm Drain Enterprise Capital Fund.