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Three Ripon council seats up for grabs in November
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RIPON – Elected leaders are expected to OK a resolution tonight that gives notice to the Nov. 6 general election.

That also means three seats on the Ripon City Council will be up for grabs. These are posts currently occupied by Mayor Elden ‘Red’ Nutt, Charlie Gay and Garry Krebbs.

This item and more will be handled during the 7 p.m. open session at the Ripon City Hall Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

Incumbents and interested challengers are instructed to contact city clerk Lynette Van Laar.

The resolution, for starters, calls for adopting regulations pertaining to candidates’ statements and determining that no fining fees charged for the processing of nomination papers.

It also request that the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors to render specified services relating to the November election. Included would be adopting a procedure for a tie vote.

Council could also authorize the following:

•City Administrator Leon Compton or his designee the right to execute any action necessary in accepting the California Emergency Management Agency grant funds on a bus shelter and securing fencing.

•City Engineer Kevin Werner’s preliminary report for the Ripon Lighting District, specifically, for the levying of annual assessments for the fiscal year of 2012-13 while setting a public hearing on the matter scheduled for July 3.

•Resolutions to accept grant deeds for six 2012 Sidewalk Improvement Projects.

•Resolutions calling for the approval of the city engineer’s annual reports for the Boesch-Kingery; Carolina’s Landscaping Maintenance; Cornerstone-1; Country Woods (Unit No. 2) and Zumstein Estates; Dutch Meadows; Farmland Estates; Jacob’s Landing; and Main Street Landing as assessment districts and setting  July 3 for the public hearing.

•The bid to A.M. Stephens Construction Co., Inc. for the Ripona School handicap ramp and sidewalk improvements. Funding would be made possible via Community Development Block Grants and the Safe Routes to School grants.

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