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Ripon leaders ponder PAL fund spending
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The Police Athletic League may be no more, but funds from this City of Ripon program that once accommodated youngsters when school was out of session still serves a purpose.

Tonight, the Ripon City Council will discuss appointing an elected leader to sit on a committee with Ripon Recreation Department Director Kye Stevens and Ripon Police Chief Ed Ormonde to review PAL grant applications.

About $6,800 remains from the non-profit organization located downtown. PAL was a budget-cut casualty in 2009.

The money is being used as it intended – to defray the cost for registration to local youngsters without the financial resources to participate in a Recreation Department program.

The Ripon City Council first talked about allocating half of the funds to the Ripon Recreation Department last fall to go towards the registration fees.

The other half was earmarked to non-profit organizations that offer activities or events for Ripon kids.

In each case, the committee would be the one to screen applicants – youth sports groups or youngsters – requesting grants limited to $500 each.

Mayor Leo Zuber, who once served as the PAL treasurer, suggested using the funds, as intended, to help local kids partake in recreation.

Council will discuss this item at other during the 7 p.m. open session at Ripon City Hall, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

In other agenda items, elected leaders will:

• Discuss the response to Grand Jury case from the San Joaquin County Superior Court on the ‘Charity begins at Home: Unattended for-profit donation bins.’

• Accept the completed work by A.M. Stephens Construction Company Inc. on the Main Street Phase 2 enhancements.

• Approve a change order for the EIR North Pointe Specific Plan. The adjusted cost would be $25,000.

• Extend the agreement for the driver for the Ripon Transit Service to go from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

• Adopt the City budget for the fiscal year 2015-16. A public hearing on the matter was held on June 2.

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