The Madera County Grand Jury has inspected two new county facilities and found them adequate and well run. This is good news, given the fact that county operating funds are tight and the personnel count is down by several hundred since work on the two facilities began about four years ago.
The Madera County Central Garage is one of the facilities, and the sheriff’s Oakhurst substation is the other. Both buildings are almost brand new.
The garage was opened last year at 14355 Road 28, not far from the county building complex that includes the sheriff’s office, the jail and the animal shelter.
The old garage was closed and demolished to make room for the planned new courthouse to be built on 6th Street, between G and H streets, across from Courthouse Park. The new garage was opened last year.
The Central Garage takes care of virtually all county vehicles, but the staff, like the staffs of other county departments, are required to take alternate mandatory furlough days. All county vehicles are serviced on a regular schedule, every four months or 4,000 miles.
The garage got high marks in the Grand Jury report.
The sheriff’s Oakhurst substation, also opened last year, is at 48267 Liberty Drive. The main facility is 9,400 square feet, and houses 25 sworn members of the sheriff’s forces and also seven civilian workers. Fifteen patrol vehicles and 10 “miscellaneous vehicles” are assigned there. The substation houses detective and patrol bureaus, a crime lab, evidence storage, community service personnel, records, search and rescue, Citizens on Patrol and the Bass Lake boat patrol.
The Grand Jury found the substation and its staff to be worthy of commendation for good use of county resources.