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Ripon ponders opting for water miserly plants
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Water conservation will again be the hot button topic at Tuesday’s Ripon City Council.

At the 6 p.m. open session, elected leaders will discuss residential landscape guidelines, in particular, new landscape ideas within the City of Ripon with a special emphasis on reducing water usage by using drought-resistant plants and ground cover but in a creative way.

Council members will also consider approving a resolution that calls for updating water conservation measures within the city. 

Some changes on this matter were made at the February meeting.

They’ll possibly consider a change to the annual utility billing policy.

Councilman Leo Zuber had concerns on customers receiving a bill with a monthly balance of no more than $1.

He believes that if customers overpay on their account and are left with a credit balance, they should not receive a bill.

The fiscal impact on this change could mean an estimated $3,000 savings from the Water Fund.

In other agenda items, the council members could:

uApprove the installation plan for the donated retired military canon from the Ripon Historical Society.

uOK a resolution to give notice that the seats currently occupied  by Mayor Jake Parks, Leo Zuber and provisional appointed member Mark Winchell will be up for grabs for the Nov. 8 general election.

uApprove the “agreement for purchase and sale” for the .75 acres from the South San Joaquin Irrigation District necessary to complete the River Road and Fulton Avenue Intersection Improvement project.

uApprove a change order of $102,992 for GM Construction and National Meter & Automations, Inc. for labor and materials to complete the city-wide meter installation project.


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