Foundation cleanup

Letters to the Editor - 5/1/14 edition

April 29, 2014 

Dear Editor,

There has been some cleanup work done on the property on the south-west corner of Highway 41 and Highway 49. I would like to thank Brian Negley, owner of EMADCO, for the donation of three large roll-off garbage bins to remove trash from the property.

Special thanks also go to Randy Papike of R. Papike Construction and Travis Papike for loading all of the brush into the roll-offs and cleaning up the property.

The Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce (EMCCC) Foundation has been coordinating the cleanup and maintenance of this property and the Pashajian property adjacent to the Chevron station on Highway 41 for several years since these areas are the first presentation of our community to visitors. Both the iron fencing and the chain fencing were paid for through the foundation and it looks so much better than the previous chain link fencing that was constantly falling down.

A recent visit to Hillview Water by several of our directors has resulted in the company's commitment to install a water line and meter to the 41/49 property to provide drip irrigation to the trees and shrubs that have been hand watered over the past years. Thank you to Roger Forrester, Jim Foster and Ralph Fairfield from Hillview for a no fee connection to maintain the plantings. It is to be noted that Hillview also provides water to the Oakhurst Community Center and Manna House at no charge.

Thank you to our local businesses that have watered other trees on Highway 41 that were planted through the "Community tree" project. As a volunteer community, we can make a difference.

Patrice Jensen, president, EMCCC Foundation

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