A Few Minutes with the Mayor

a few minutes with the mayor

5/29/2020

Hello Community Members,WASEEM

This week we were happy to announce the opening of places of worship as well as salons and barbershops.  We know how important these services are to our community, and we are thankful they are now opened. We still have a ways to go, we have seen a steady increase in daily cases; however, testing has also increased.  The good news is the Madera Community Hospital has only three patients at this time, which is manageable. As we re-open our places of business, it is still imperative to continue to social distance and follow the guidelines that are recommended.

Yesterday, 5/28/20, Madera County Department of Public Health hosted its second mobile drive-through testing in Chowchilla.  They conducted 72 COVID-19 tests; if you weren’t able to get tested, visit their testing webpage for options around the County. www.maderacounty.com/covid19testing

Chowchilla Union High School hosted its Class of 2020 graduation this week.  Although the ceremony was not as usual, the high school did a wonderful job allowing the students to experience a graduation ceremony and celebrate their accomplishments.  Over the course of three days, the entire class was broken up into thirds, then groups of ten students were gathered to walk at their ceremony to receive their diploma. It was 20-minute increments per group.   Each student was limited to two guests, and everyone was spread out six feet apart.  I would like to congratulate each and every CUHS graduate, and I wish you all the best of luck in your future. I would also like to thank Chowchilla Union High School for working hard to make this possible in these unprecedented times.

Until Next Week,

Waseem Ahmed
Mayor, City of Chowchilla

                                                                                                                                         

05/22/2020

Hello Community Members,

This week was packed full of information regarding the COVID-19 restrictions and procedures.  I am happy to announce Madera County has obtained approval from the state to move into "Stage 2.5." I understand the community’s feelings of wanting to open quickly as we relay this information to county and state officials. Rest assured, I would like to see our city open and productive once again. As I get continued updates, the city staff will let you all know as soon as they receive them. We all need to continue to take proactive precautions.  In the meantime, please keep your neighborly spirits helping one another, as you all have done. Your acts of kindness make me proud to be your Mayor.

In other exciting news this week, Madera County Board of Supervisors made an announcement; they extended an offer to Jay Varney, Sherriff of Madera County, for the position of Madera County’s Chief Administrative Officer. Before Varney was elected as sheriff, he was Chowchilla’s Police Chief and served two years as the city manager.  We wish him all the best at his new position; we know he will serve the county well as he has always done.  

Lastly, I’d like to acknowledge Wilson School’s Broadcast team, who produced a commercial for a local restaurant in Chowchilla, and is up for the "Best Commercial in the Valley" award through the Slick Rock Student Film Festival.  The show airs May 24th, at 6:30 PM on ABC30, and will be streamed live on ABC30.com.  Good luck to the Wilson Broadcasting Team!

Until Next Week,

Waseem Ahmed
Mayor, City of Chowchilla