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Noontime Meeting For City Council
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Like it does once each quarter, the Riverbank City Council will host a noontime meeting, with the session set for Monday, Jan. 14 in the council chambers on Third Street.

Goal of the noontime meeting is to offer an alternate time, in hopes of attracting a different and possibly larger audience, than those that come out to the traditional evening meetings.

No agenda information was available by press time but the first meeting of the new calendar year often includes appointments to various city boards and committees for council members. It could also include further discussion of how to fill the vacant two-year position of former councilman Richard O'Brien, now serving as mayor. The four members of the council have so far deadlocked 2-2 on whether to appoint a council member from among those that ran in the November election or seek applicants. They do agree on not having a special election, which could prove costly to the city.

Meanwhile, the city is also currently selling tickets for the annual Riverbank Citizen of the Year community awards dinner. On Saturday, Jan. 19, the 50th annual community awards banquet is planned at the Riverbank Community Center. A social hour will start the festivities at 6 p.m. and dinner will follow at 7 p.m. with the announcement of the community's Citizen of the Year, Youth of the Year and Business of the Year. The dinner will be catered by Tahoe Joe's of Modesto and the menu is scheduled to include chicken and tri tip with side dishes, beverages and dessert. A live auction will also be offered during the evening with proceeds going toward scholarships for the Youth of the Year winner and nominees.

Tickets for the event are $15 per person and are now available at Riverbank City Hall. For more information, call 863-7122.