First, the concern was that the city’s business improvement district (BID) board hadn’t met in decades.

   Then, the concern became, how would it begin to move forward after such a lengthy hiatus?

   At Monday’s Ripon Common Council meeting, a new concern surfaced: since its resurgence, has the BID board done all it should to let the public know about its activities?

   That concern led to the council delaying approval of the board’s operating plan. It also led to a plan to hold another, better noticed BID board meeting to ensure everyone’s voices are heard.

   City Attorney Lud Wurtz framed the discussion, explaining that since the BID board is a quasi-municipal body, it should follow open meetings law for announcing meetings.

   He explained that while notice for meetings over the past few months was given to the media and disseminated among BID board members, it was not posted publicly for non-board members to see.

Read the full story in the Nov. 29, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.