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Ripon bus shelter money from emergency agency
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RIPON – A bus stop shelter may be coming soon.

The City of Ripon was recently approved funding via California Transit Assistance Grant – estimated amount was $50,000 – for a bus shelter from the California Emergency Management Agency.

No discussion was necessary at last Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting as elected leaders signed off on a resolution that authorizes a city administrator or designee to act on behalf of the project.

A Council-approved resolution signed by Mayor Elden ‘Red’ Nutt or his designee was necessary in order to finalize the application.

Ripon received the nod, in part, for its commitment to the transit system.

The City of Ripon has bus service for the general public, those with disabilities, and seniors that cover a 15-mile radius from within city limits.

The San Joaquin County Regional Transit District provides services to those looking to travel within San Joaquin County, and connecting Ripon to Escalon, Manteca, Lathrop, and Woodbridge to Stockton, Tracy and Lodi.

In other action, Council approved the Public Works Department’s surplus vehicle list.

Included is a 1988 Dodge Ram 150 van, 1979 International S-2500 truck, 1980 Dodge Custom 200, 1982 Ford 8000 truck, 1985 Dodge Ram 150 custom, 1985 Chevrolet pickup, and a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria.

The seven vehicles – no longer used by public works due to age and condition, according to the city – needed to be declared surplus in order to be auctioned off.

From here, one of the local auctioning companies is scheduled to handle the matter.

In addition, elected leaders awarded A.M. Stephens Construction Co., Inc. with the Ripona Handicap Ramp and Sidewalk Improvement project.

A.M. Stephens had a bid of $456,197 for the Ripona School project that’s being funded through the Safe Routes to Schools and Community Development Block Grants.