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Buffalo’s Mechanical gets OK to expand Ripon operations
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Buffalo’s Mechanical, Inc. is one of the leading commercial and industrial contractors in providing quality heating and air conditioning systems around.

Ripon serves as the central California corporate headquarters, with the facility at 501 Parallel Ave. getting ready to expand.

The Ripon Planning Commission on Monday gave the green light on plans of adding a 2,925 square foot storage building to the existing .954-acre (light industrial) site.

Plans also call for large redwood trees being planted – seven, altogether, with five along the northeast wall about 15 feet apart, and two behind the existing back building – as a way of providing a buffer to the residential lots.

“The proposed build will be built to match the other storage building on site, which is corrugated metal with a painted trim façade,” the city’s Director of Planning Ken Zuidervaart said.

Commissioners gave kudos to the site. David Collins and James West, for example, both mentioned the current Buffalo’s Mechanical, Inc. home as being neat and “very well kept” and “very organized” prior to the unanimous Major Site Plan approval.

No one from the public spoke up against the expansion plans.

Collins thanked Zuidervaart for contacting and getting positive feedback from neighbors on this project.

“We spoke to two of the neighbors but the one (in the vacant residential property) lives out of town and so he had to be notified by mail,” Zuidervaart said.

Prior to the Jan. 14 meeting, Debra Van Essen was voted to chair the Planning Commission. Collins was picked as vice chairman.

In addition, Mike Garcia was administered the oath of office by City Clerk Lisa Roos to the Planning Commission. He previously served as an alternate but was moved up to fill the vacancy left by Commissioner Brinton McCusker, who served these past eight years and was recognized by Zuidervaart for doing an excellent job during that time.