Clovis News

Local news briefs: Sanger OKs waiving developers fees

The Sanger City Council approved a plan that will eliminate many sewer and water impact fees for developers as an incentive to build projects in the community.

The fees are being eliminated for 18 months. The council also voted last week to delay collecting fees on commercial and industrial developments until projects are finished and have a certificate of occupancy, which allows the businesses to open.

The city already is deferring collection of impact fees for residential development.

Clovis city officials have made similar moves to attract new businesses.

Pensions on table at Fresno Co. meeting

Fresno County supervisors have scheduled a special meeting for 1 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the county pension system.

In light of growing pension costs, the Board of Supervisors will talk about ways to save money on retirement, such as adding new, less-expensive tiers to employee benefit plans.

Union officials are expected to attend.

Next week's meeting will be held in the supervisors chambers in the Hall of Records at 2281 Tulare St.

FCC music program for kids

The Fresno City College music department and KIDmunity Music are offering a community music program for children from kindergarten to sixth grade, officials said.

The program will be 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays from Wednesday to May 18, officials said. Participants will perform music from around the world and play instruments, including percussion and recorder.

The registration fee is $60, but scholarships and fee waivers are available upon request. Details: contact KIDmunity director Catherine Cooper at or (559) 485-1693.

Families sought for exchange students

The Council on International Educational Exchange USA High School program is looking for local families to coordinate and host foreign-exchange students.

Host families would open their homes to international students for an academic school year, officials said. Participating students are 15-18 years old, have studied English for a minimum of three years, have their own medical insurance and spending money, and have undergone a screening and interview process.

Details: Contact local coordinator Marissa Castro at (559) 685-9677 or

Black Men leadership conference planned

The 8th annual United Black Men 2011 Leadership Conference will be Feb. 22 in Fresno, officials said.

The conference will be 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Clovis North Educational Center at 2770 E. International Ave, officials said. The event will include two breakout sessions, lunch and student entertainment.

The United Black Men of Fresno and the Clovis Unified School District are putting on the conference.

Details: Contact the Clovis North Area Office at or (559) 327-9355 by Tuesday.

Food drive set

The Veterans Administration Medical Center at 2615 E. Clinton Ave. and the Community Food Bank will hold a food drive in the hospital's parking lot from 6:30-11 a.m. Tuesday.

Employees will be in the parking lot off Clinton Avenue to collect donations of nonperishable food.

The food drive kicks off a contest among members of the military branches to collect the most food, said Al Perry, director of the Medical Center. For every 100 items donated, Perry will give one hour of a variety of work at the hospital, from filing papers or serving food to caulking tile.