NORTH FORK — The North Fork Community Development Council will be holding its annual meeting at the North Fork Rancheria Community Center on Monday, March 20, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.
At this meeting will be elections as well as two special guest speakers, including Madera County District 5 Supervisor Robert “Bobby” Macaulay and North Fork Rancheria Indian Housing Authority Executive Director Paul D. Irwin.
Date & Time: Monday, March 20, 2023, at 5:30 p.m.
Doors will open at 5 p.m.
Refreshments and snacks will be provided by the North Fork Women’s Club.
General board meeting to follow.
North Fork Rancheria Community Center
56900 Kunugib Way
North Fork, CA 93643
About the North Fork Community Development Council
The North Fork Community Development Council is a non-profit, 501(c)3, corporation located in North Fork, California. The CDC’s mission is “to promote the social, economic and environmental welfare of North Fork, CA.” The primary goal of the CDC is to redevelop the North Fork Mill Site, helping to create jobs, green space and community serving facilities for the town of North Fork.
The North Fork CDC was incorporated in June of 1994 to serve as an umbrella organization to develop and improve North Fork California. The primary project of the CDC is the North Fork Mill Site Reuse Project designed to convert the former South Fork Sawmill into economically productive and environmentally safe property. In early 1997, the North Fork CDC negotiated donation of the 135 acre mill site, which had been closed and abandoned, to the community of North Fork through the Madera County Redevelopment Agency. The County was holding the site for North Fork in trust designating the CDC as managers.
In May of 1998, through a collaborative effort with the North Fork Chamber of Commerce, the CDC was awarded a USDA Rural Development grant, which allowed CDC to undertake planning of infrastructure, preliminary marketing, and to survey local employment and income problems. In January of 1999, the CDC renovated the old mill office and moved onto the mill site along with several of the other civic organizations in town. This was accomplished with a great deal of local volunteer effort, the work of 30 Americorps volunteers, and workers from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Inmate Work Crew program and grant funds from USDA Rural Development.
In 2006, Madera County transferred title to the site to the CDC with the understanding that the CDC will continue the clean up process and will meet all county requirements for public works projects. In 2008, a major demolition and remediation project was completed at the Mill Site. Asbestos and lead paint was removed from the kiln buildings and the buildings were demolished. This project cost approximately $800,000 and was funded by a combination of an Environmental Protection Agency grant ($200,000) and a Brownfields loan ($600,000).