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Ripon clean-up at mid-point
City crews collect items east of 99 next week
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A city-wide cleanup work crew is seen near the halfway mark removing residential clutter placed in the gutters on Baker Drive. The workers are, from left, volunteer Victor Wilson, city workers James Morad and Joe Deborba. - photo by GLENN KAHL

Ripon’s city-wide cleanup of is half way complete as crews finished with residences on the west side of Highway 99.  Next week the city will collect the remaining articles placed in front of homes.

Alternative Work Program (AWP) volunteer Victor Wilson was the third man on a team working on Baker Drive collections using a refuse truck and a tractor to scoop up the refuse.  He said he hope one day to find a job with the city’s public works division.

At one location just off Baker Drive the workers found all the debris had been moved from the street to a lawn with a car parked at the curb.  They navigated across the sidewalk and managed to get all of the collection discarded refuse off the lawn without causing any damage to the vehicle.

Every year prior to the city cleanup, an army of pickup truck and trailers scour the community for weeks and take the discarded items that are free for the taking.  They reportedly clean up their selection and take them to the public auction and sales yards in Modesto.