The water play feature at the Mistlin Sports Park was left dry since the Ripon City Council adopted the current Water Conservation Measures.
At the June 14 meeting, elected leaders considered turning the water back on at this popular summer cool-down spot but only on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
The City of Ripon, meanwhile, recently met many of the state mandates on water conservation.
“We’ve been getting an increase in calls about turning on the water fountain feature,” said Public Works Director Ted Johnston.
He added: “It uses 2,000 gallons per day due to evaporation or splashing outside of the zone – Plus, the water needs to be flushed for health and safety reasons.”
Council narrowly shot down the three-days-of-operation plan, voting 3-2 against the updated water conservation measures.
Mayor Jake Parks, Mike Restuccia and Mark Winchell provided the ‘no’ votes.
No other motions were made or approved.
Winchell, however, may be reconsidering.
A special 6 session was scheduled by Winchell requesting Council to turn the water feature on three days per week.
This is in compliance of a resolution passed in 2003 in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order that says: “A motion to reconsider the item may be made no later than the next regularly scheduled meeting, and may only be made by a Council member or Commissioner who voted in the majority of the original motion.”
More information on the meeting can be obtained by logging on to www.cityofripon.org.