Gustine council okays paver project

The Gustine City Council recently gave its approval to a request from Westside Christian Center representatives to install decorative pavers in lieu of tradition concrete for a sidewalk project in front of the church.

The decision followed a March 5 council presentation by representatives of Green Lion Landscaping on the benefits of using pavers rather than traditional concrete.

Church representative Jerome Zalinski noted that the city has long discussed downtown beautification efforts, and said the paver project may prove to be a starting point.

As part of the agreement, he noted, if the council does not care for the pavers after six months the church will replace them with traditional concrete.

Council members were unanimous in their support.

Newman fire report

Personnel from the Newman Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District Newman station responded to 14 calls for service from March 25-31.

Fire Chief Keith Bowen said calls for service included one unknown type fire, one vehicle fire, two public assists, eight medical aid calls, one structure fire and one motor vehicle collision.

The vehicle fire involved a northbound big rig north of Fink Road. The vehicle was a total loss, Bowen reported, and the incident resulted in an extended closure of northbound lanes of Interstate 5. He said no injuries were reported.

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures for the past week. Readings for the previous 24-hour period are taken at 5 p.m. daily.

Monday, March 25: 76/41

Tuesday, March 26: 75/51, with a trace of rain

Wednesday, March 27: 75/55

Thursday, March 28: 72/43

Friday, March 29: 70/43

Saturday, March 30: 75/41

Sunday, March 31: 80/44