COUNTY CHILLED BY STATE ON HOMELESS — It was questions about liability and financing that kept supervisors from warming to the idea of using the National Guard Armory as a shelter for the homeless on chilly nights. The National Guard has said the armory must be emptied and clean by 8 a.m. after each night’s use. Supervisor Harry Baker railed at the state for asking the county to operate another program without any funding. “I’m wondering how many library books this is going to cost us -- or deputy sheriffs -- or firemen,” Baker said.
NEW HOME FOR INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM — A county building now occupied by the Madera Unified School District will probably be placed on the market with no guarantees that the district can continue to use the building if it is sold by the county. Tuesday supervisors announced their intention to sell the building at 201 South Pine St. The district uses the building rent-free for its independent study program. Last year the county asked the school district to pay rent, but it declined. Board Chairwoman Gail Hanhart McIntyre suggested serving an eviction notice in June if the building is still in county hands.
CITY LOOKS TO ELIMINATE DEVELOPMENT REVIEW —A proposal to dissolve one hurdle in the building process was met with surprise and agreement by a handful of developers Monday who gathered to discuss community growth. Councilman Patrick O’Rourke suggested that the Development Review Committee be eliminated. The committee is made up of city department heads. “That’s the best thing I’ve heard in years,” said developer Dave Berry.
WEBSTER PLANNING YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL — If all goes as planned, Webster Elementary will be the second school in Madera Unified to go on a year-round schedule. Webster principal Gary Duke explained the school is designed to hold a maximum of 500 students, and it currently has 860 enrolled. In addition, the school, located in the booming Madera Ranchos is getting 50 to 60 students each year. Duke says the school can’t wait until 1992 for a new junior high school to be built. Webster has about 200 7th and 8th grade students...