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Ripon delays request to waive fees for Rotary
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RIPON – The Ripon City Council held off Tuesday on approving the request by Ripon Rotary Club for free use of the Community Center.

The problem was numbers. Vice Mayor Garry Krebbs was absent while his colleagues, Chuck Winn and Dean Uecker, are Rotarians.

“You need three votes (to take action),” said City Attorney Tom Terpstra.

In the past, Winn and Uecker, based on their affiliation with the local non-profit service organization, abstained from Rotary-related issues.

That left Mayor Elden “Red” Nutt and Councilman Charlie Gay, in this case.

Council will revisit the Ripon Rotary Club’s request to waive the fees in order to host the fourth annual Bingo and Poker Tournament in the Community Center on April 15.

The cost for non-profit organizations to use the Community Center, according to the City of Ripon, is the full-price rate of $1,120 plus an $800 security deposit; or $560 half-price coupled with the $800 security deposit.

Rotary’s Bingo and Poker event will help fund various programs. Included are Ripon High and Ripon Christian High scholarships; Color the Skies; City of Ripon youth sports; Ripon public branch and RHS libraries; Ripon Unified speech contest; Interfaith Ministries of Ripon; and Soroptimist International of Ripon.

Mike Garcia, president of the Ripon Rotary, was on hand to answer any question.

He accepted the technicality at the Council meeting. “We still have time,” Garcia said.