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Ripon distributes leftover PAL funds
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The Police Activity League grants are no more.

The funds left over from the defunct City of Ripon program recently went to the Ripon High Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Heartland Community Church, Stone Soup and the Youth Commission.

Each received $500 for various programs for local youngsters. “All four qualified for the funding and are using (the money) as intended by PAL,” Mayor Leo Zuber said at a recent Ripon City Council meeting.

PAL serviced the needs of local youngsters – in particular, afterschool programs – for several years just prior to the recession.

“PAL went on hiatus for four or five years due to budget cuts,” Zuber noted.

Since this organization was a business entity, he noted that taxes along with a business license had to be filed annually, in turn, depleting money from the account.

Council recently decided that leftovers from the funds should go to Parks and Recreation to help sponsor Ripon youngsters who were having financial difficulties to take part in various activities.

The other half went to the local non-profit organizations.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, for example, will use the money for the Fifth Quarter, an after home football game event. For the Youth Commission, the funding will help defray cost for the anti-bullying assembly.

Zuber along with Parks and Recreation Director Kye Stevens and Ripon police Chief Ed Ormonde made up the PAL Grants Committee.

They all agreed that the remaining $1,400 would be split evenly to Ripon High and Ripon Christian High. Both will get $700 each, with the donations going to students who can’t afford to take part in the Sober Grad Night. “The remaining funds would go to the event itself,” Zuber added.

With that, the PAL program account will be officially closed.

“The money went towards what it was initially intended – the Ripon youth,” said Zuber.