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Ripon may regulate use of drones in city
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Drones and model planes are considered unmanned aircraft systems.
Whether for hobby or recreation, they’re flown by a pilot via a ground control system using an on-board computer or any communication link, for that matter.
Ripon currently has no ordinance for unmanned aircrafts. But that could soon change.
At tonight’s City Council meeting, Ripon Chief of Police Ed Ormonde is scheduled to talk about limiting the usage and restrict locations within city limits on drones.
He’s requesting the implementation of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems ordinance during the 6 p.m. open session in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.
Police have been receiving mounting complaints on this matter with the community, according to Ormonde.
“Currently, there are no local regulations regarding operating Unmanned Aircraft Systemes, which makes addressing of our citizens concerns impossible,” he said in his letter addressed to elected leaders.
In other agenda items:
uCouncil members will consider the Chamber Foundation’s fee waiver for the Soaring Over Ripon Festival, previously known as “Color the Skies,” at Mistlin Sports Park on Sept. 3-4. The cost for using the city-owned facility for those two days is about $3,500.
uThey’’ look to award T&S West with the CNG Expansion and Bus Shelter Project. T&S bid is $514,000, which will be funded via Proposition 1B grants.
uElected leaders will have a second reading and adoption on the addition to the Ripon Municipal Code’s “Massage / Massage Businesses.”
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