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Town Hall Meeting On Emergency Access

OAKHURST – Emergency access issues are a major concern in Eastern Madera County as numerous areas only provide one way in and one way out.

Supervisor Tom Wheeler plans to help communities address these issues beginning with a town hall meeting at the Oakhurst Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.

“The mountains are full of dead-end roads and areas where residents can only access their homes one way,” said Supervisor Tom Wheeler, who represents District 5. “This can become a dangerous situation in the event of a fire or any other dire emergency. If there is a way to fix these problems, now is the time for the County and communities to work together to make it happen.”

The town hall meeting will focus on five specific areas: John West Road/Indian Springs Road, Cascadel Woods, Cedar Valley, Trabuco/Wells Road, and Roads 423 and 422. Supervisor Wheeler requests that residents and property owners in these areas make sure to attend the meeting.

“These are only the first in a long list of communities we hope to help,” Wheeler said. “We want to use the town hall as a forum to hear from affected residents, offer possible solutions, and together decide on the best way to move forward.”

The Road Department and CAL FIRE/Madera County Fire Department are currently conducting site visits to these specific areas to determine what options are available to secure and establish emergency access routes as well as the potential costs to maintain them. They will present their findings at the town hall meeting.

For more information, please contact Supervisor Wheeler at 559.662.6050 or tom.wheeler@madera-county.com.

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