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Ripon may clamp down on drinking
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Ripon Councilman Leo Zuber has some concerns over consumption of alcoholic beverages around town.
In particular, those concerns center on the community amphitheater at the Mistlin Sports Park and outdoor areas in the downtown business district.
At tonight’s Ripon City Council meeting, the elected leader is requesting a discussion on possible changes to the alcohol ordinance at the 7 o’clock open session in the Council Chamber, 259 N. Wilma Ave.
Zuber has already with Ripon Police Chief Ed Ormonde and legal staff on this matter.
They’re proposing that possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages — in this case, beer and wine — be confined to the amphitheater at Mistlin Sports Park and made available only during organized performance-based events as sponsored by community nonprofit groups.
As for outdoor dining, alcoholic beverages would be limited to beer and wine and only at restaurants on Main Street.
These businesses may be required to apply for permits each year, with the outdoor dining to be set up in the parking spaces in front of the restaurant, remaining in place during the bulk of the summer months, from May through September.
In addition, these places would be required to be ADA accessible and closed at 9 p.m.
Other items up for discussion include:
uGoodwin Consulting providing a comparison of Ripon’s developer fees to a number of nearby cities as specified during a June 30 workshop.
uStaff is exploding possible upgrades to the audio visual system currently used in the Council Chambers.
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