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Ripon plans review of municipal services
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The De Novo Planning Group could be asked to perform the 2017 Municipal Service Review update for the City of Ripon.
The El Dorado Hills-based firm is also working on the City of Manteca’s general plan update.
At tonight’s 6 p.m. open session in the Council Chamber, 259 N. Wilma Ave., the Ripon City Council could give the green light to De Novo to conduct the MSR – a comprehensive study used to determine the adequacy of governmental services as provided by the local agencies under the jurisdiction of LAFCO (the state’s Local Agency Formation Commissions) – identifying and evaluating public services.
Under state law, LAFCO is required to review and update MSRs every five years or as necessary.
The last time Ripon updated the MSR was in 2010.
In order to annexing property, the City of Ripon must have an updated MSR beforehand, according to Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart.
Cost to do that is estimated to be about $38,000.
“This was an item approved with the 2014-2015 surplus, which at that time the city approved $40,000,” he said in his staff report.
The De Novo Planning Group came recommended by staff.
“De Novo’s proposal came in at 11 percent lower than the other bid, and also included all of the required exhibits and graphics for the final report,” Zuidervaart added.
For more information, call Ripon City Hall at 209.599.2103 or log on to