What’s going to happen with the former American House building at 230 Watson St.?

   City leaders still haven’t figured that out.

   But some Ripon youth believe they’ve identified a solution: a parking structure with a “green” roof where people can picnic and play.

   That’s the proposal now being refined by members of a local First Lego League team.

   The concept, which they plan to present to the Ripon Common Council sometime in the next month, is the result of weeks of work by eight kids: Colin Rieder, Brock Stollfuss, Brandyn Beahm, Collin Mancl, Tyler Draeger, Traxtyn Pick, Logan Beahm and Sam Rhoden.

   These are youth ranging from eighth grade, as Stollfuss and Rieder are in, down to fourth grade.

   That’s far younger than anyone else tackling the issue. Can they find a solution when others have not yet?

   “[City leaders] do know that the American House is a problem, and I believe that if we tell them [our idea] will benefit the entire community and bring people together more in this space that everyone can use, then I think they will agree with us,” Stollfuss said.

Read the full story in the Oct. 17, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.