MCINTYRE TAKES BOARD GAVEL — Supervisor Gail Hanhart McIntyre was elected to head the Madera County Board of Supervisors for 1988. Mrs. McIntyre is the first and only women to serve on the board. She replaced Supervisor Al Ginsburg who quipped, “I was just beginning to get used to this chair.” McIntyre was elected to a two-year term in 1982 and a four-year term in 1984. She has not announced her plans for running for another term this year.
COUNTY TO BUY COMPUTERS FOR JAIL — Supervisors agreed Tuesday to buy computer equipment and software for the new 296-bed jail, but they haven’t decided how to pay for it. The package is expected to cost $126,790 with an additional $3,500 needed in later years for training. Although the county sent out 17 requests for proposals to computer vendors, only IBM responded. Supervisor Al Ginsburg said that it was obvious that the choice of software eliminated the other vendors.
BAKER WANTS FAIRGROUNDS IN THE MOUNTAINS — Madera County’s “stepchild,” the mountain community, should someday be considered for a fairgrounds, supervisors were told Tuesday by Harry Baker who represents the area on the Board of Supervisors. Despite a population of about 30,000, Baker said the mountain area lacks a fairground. He pointed out that the Valley has two fairgrounds — one in Madera and one in Chowchilla. “Residents of the mountains often feel like a stepchild,” he added.
WEEKEND DIAL-A-RIDE IN DANGER — The Local Transportation Commission’s Dial-A-Ride program is in the midst of a sixmonth weekend trial service period. Ridership has not reflected the initial public appeal for weekend service that was vocalized at hearings held by the commission, according to analyst/planner Marc Scalzo. If ridership does not increase by April, the service will be stopped. Weekend service runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations can be made for the weekend by 10 a.m. on Friday...