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Dirty deal: City donates dirt to Ripon Unified

It's surplus dirt that once belonged to the City of Ripon.

The Ripon City Council agreed Aug. 14 to donate the dirt located at the Mistlin Sports Park to the Ripon Unified School District as a sign of goodwill between the two public agencies.

"This pile at Mistlin Sports Park (is) in the back where the carnival sets up and will be used to fill the storm drain and not for construction," said Engineering Supervisor James Pease.

In his staff report, Pease noted that the 2,100 cubic yards of surplus of dirt was located on River Road and originally obtained during the installation of the new River Road and Fulton Avenue intersection.

"The dirt has miscellaneous irrigation piping, organic material and is not considered clean," he said. "RUSD expressed interest in using this dirt as fill for a storm drain basin."

According to the Municipal Code, the term 'dispose' shall mean to sell, exchange, trade, abandon, destroy, donate or otherwise discharge.

By that, donations of such surplus property to any other public agency shall be by resolution of the City Council.

RUSD, meanwhile, inquired and has use for the surplus dirt.


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