Oakdale Chamber of Commerce president Chris Elswick has released an official response to the Oakdale City Council's discussion of the Oakdale Tourism and Business Improvement District. The discussion took place at council's Jan. 17 meeting, where members spent over 45 minutes discussing the BID and hearing public comment on the question of possible wrongdoing before deciding to hold off making a decision on the issue until a future meeting.
As evidenced by a recent announcement made by the U.S. Postal Service to make unprecedented cuts to first-class mail, the ripple effect of a down economy continues to take its toll on services Americans have come to take for granted.
The Oak Valley Hospital District Board of Directors voted on Wednesday to put CEO John Friel on administrative leave for the remainder of his contract. Chief Financial Officer John McCormick will take over as interim CEO on Nov. 1. For more information see the full story in the Nov. 2 issue of the Oakdale Leader.
On Friday Aug 5, the Stanislaus District Attorney's Office charged Valley Home School Superintendent Thomas Kevin Hart with felony child molestation including two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of sexual penetration, and one count of a lewd and lascivious act upon a child.
Long-time Oakdale Joint Unified School District Food Services Director Raymond Martinez has abruptly resigned his position, effective Aug 2 amidst allegations of theft, misappropriation of district property, and embezzlement of public funds.
Oakdale's new city manager, Gregory Wellman, will be at the city council meeting Monday night sitting in on his first session with the ruling body.
Described as a "one stop shop for groups and events," city volunteers introduced a new website designed to assist users in getting information about Oakdale all in one location.
The Oakdale Police Department is classifying the death of Michael Levi "Bobby" Fuller, 26, of Oakdale, as "suspicious" while they investigate the circumstances leading up to his death. Fuller's body was found behind 262 S. Yosemite Ave. on Wednesday morning, July 20.
At 8:51 a.m., Chris Ingham, the owner of Golden Arrow Archery, discovered the body lying on a picnic table and notified Oakdale Fire Department personnel who were conducting a training exercise at the rear of the fire station next to the parking lot.
On Thursday, July 14, the city's Small Business Development Center at 142 South Second Avenue opened.
The endeavor is a partnership with the Stanislaus Economic Development Center and Workforce Alliance that has been providing business training in Oakdale for several years.
Not seeing the need to use public money for educational material for the upcoming sales tax measure, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, July 5 declined to fund a $9,500 contract for a private consultant to handle informative services and materials. .
Because of the Monday, July 4 Independence Day holiday, the Oakdale City Council will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 5 at 7 p.m.
The council plans on discussing the new city manager in closed session and in public session will proclaim July 18, 2011, "Bob Gilbert Day in Oakdale" for Robert E. Gilbert and all his community contributions.
Capping off his morning travels on Tuesday June 28 with a lunch stop at the H–B Saloon, Congressman Jeff Denham heard from local constituents as he enjoyed the "Kim & Jim" special from the menu.
"Our big focus right now is jobs," Denham said. "I'll be meeting with various businesses, chambers, and individuals to see what we can do in congress."
During the Oak Valley Hospital monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 22, the governing board released its written response to the Grand Jury Report from May 5 regarding Brown Act violations and not following established policy on awarding bids.
In the response to the Grand Jury, Hospital CEO John Friel noted that he concurred that some previous meeting agendas lacked specificity and more clarity was needed in them, but there was no intent to mislead.
The Oakdale City Council will vote to adopt the city's 2011-2012 operating budget at its regular meeting on Monday, June 20.
Over the last three years the city has cut over $3.4 million from its general fund budget that has resulted in loss of personnel and services. Earlier this year, Former City Manager Steve Hallam asked department heads to cut 10 percent from their budgets to cover a $760,000 shortfall for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
The City of Oakdale announced on Monday that proposed cuts to the fire and police departments would be delayed for at least seven months keeping public safety staffing at a status quo.
The original presented budget in May proposed cutting two positions each to the fire and police departments. The police department is losing two positions to upcoming retirements and those positions will go unfilled. The two targeted fire positions received a seven-month funding that coincides with the proposed sales tax ballot measure.
The Sierra Music Festival continues for the sixth year in a row at J-H Ranch in Oakdale, slated for Saturday, Aug. 23. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the show starts at 1:30 p.m.
An ordinance designed to hold property owners to maintaining vacant and abandoned properties was amended on Monday, Aug. 4, to allow the city to fine the owner for failing to maintain the property. Funds acquired from the fines will be used for local abatement programs to assist in clean up.
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