Imagine Madera’s Old Timers Day without a parade. That hasn’t happened in most people’s memories, but it’s a distinct possibility this year.
Because police protection for the parade — a cost estimated at $1,560 — will have to come from an ever-more-squeezed General Fund. That appropriation will be considered tonight at 6:30 p.m. by the Madera City Council at City Hall, 205 W. 4th St. And, our council members need to know how you feel about the situation.
Parades just don’t happen. Planning, organization, and personnel are required. For more than a decade, those chores have been donated by the Kiwanis Club of Madera (the original Kiwanis Club, founded in 1946).
The club does charge a nominal fee to entries, but most of the expense is written off by Kiwanis as a community service. For example, it costs literally thousands of dollars just to have the streets properly barricaded. Although the club has considered the possibility of purchasing its own barricades, the various ordinances (including rules set down by Caltrans, which governs East Yosemite Avenue as part of SR 145) are best met by a professional company, employed by the club each year...