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Ripon citizens helping tackle weed build up
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RIPON — A corps of Ripon volunteers is stepping up to the plate to knock down weeds that the reduced numbers of city workers have not had time to touch.

This weekend Mayor Chuck Winn has 15 to 20 volunteers from the Ripon Grace Community Church who will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Stockton Avenue and Second Street where they are planning to clear the Town Square corner park site of weed growth.

The mayor said he would be there working with them until they finished the clearing the lot.  Winn added that it was refreshing to see the volunteers come forward.
 “When you put out the word, people step forward,” Winn said.  

The following Saturday, Aug. 28, Vice Mayor Red Nutt has another group set to go to work at 7 a.m. near the Jack Tone overpass of Highway 99 behind the Tractor Supply Company.  

Nutt asked the other council members to join his group.  “We have some big tumble weeds to cut down,” he told them needing all the help he can drum up.

Prior to the economic downturn city workers cared for all the landscaping surrounding the Jack Tone freeway overpass exchange.  With lacking numbers in city workers, the upkeep has been left to the state with nothing being done to date.