The Residential Parking Permit will be a voluntary program.
By that, Chief Ed Ormonde of the Ripon Police Department indicated that folks can soon take a vote as to whether to allow their neighborhoods or streets to be part of this parking permit plan.
“They’ll have to reach out to the police department which will be conducting a study,” he said at the Feb. 17 special session. “A majority of ballots will need to be returned with at least two-thirds of the returned in favor of the annexation.”
If approved, the City of Ripon’s Parking Manager will then send out notices to residents with costs and regulations in those areas, Ormonde added.
Council approved 5-0 during the special session on establishing of the fee for police services under the plan.
Cost of initial application with issuance of up to five permits will be $20 followed by yearly renewal application fee for up to five permits at $10.
Replacing permits will be $5.
Councilman Mike Restuccia asked if the fees cover all costs associated with the program.
“It will depend on the size and signs needed,” said Ormonde, who based these fees off of the Ripon Bluffs neighborhood.
That’s the area along the Stanislaus River in which residents have been reporting overflow parking from visitors during the spring and summer months.
Police are scheduled to meet with homeowners of the bluffs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in the Council Chambers on how the Residential Parking Permit Programs work.
The program is being put in place due in part to the ongoing challenges that the city faces on trying to provide on-street parking for both residents and visits.
The plan in Ripon – similar to the practices in other cities – is an effort to alleviate this problem.
Log on to www.riponpd.org to learn more.