Municipal tickets for speeding, disorderly conduct and a host of other offenses may cost less in 2019 than they did in 2018 and prior.

   But don’t correlate a smaller penalty with less concern from the city of Ripon over ticket-able offenses.

   Rather, it’s going to be a by-product of switching court systems through which such tickets are processed.

   At least, it will be if the Ripon Common Council agrees to such a change at next week’s meeting.

   City staff recommended last week that the city switch from routing cases for city of Ripon ordinance violations through Fond du Lac County Circuit Court, as it has done for years, to Lakeside Municipal Court System.

   Benefits of doing so range from being able to hold court in the city of Ripon for such offenses to lower court costs passed along to the alleged offender.

   Though the move comes with a small cost of transparency — Lakeside Municipal Court System does not make its information available via the web the way the circuit court system does — Ripon Police believe now is the time to make the switch.

Read the full story in the Nov. 22, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.