After concerns arose at last week’s Ripon Common Council meeting about the city’s business improvement district (BID) board, the board’s response came relatively quickly.

   Sitting down Tuesday evening in a meeting that was better noticed, the board followed through with a pledge to expand its membership to address concerns from at least one BID member.

   The board will expand from five members to seven, with two spots considered “at-large” so that they may be filled by BID members outside the Watson Street district.

   “We’ve talked about this before, mostly to [provide] a greater representation for the BID,” board member David Knuth said. “... We talked last week about getting some people on Jackson Street, if they’re willing.”

   He added that a larger board also could help it gain a quorum more easily — after several meetings that were canceled because a quorum was not met.

   Knuth’s reference to Jackson Street spoke directly to concerns aired by Headliners owner Kim Mack, who spoke at last week’s Common Council meeting.

Read the full story in the Dec. 6, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.