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.
At the Oak Valley Hospital Governing Board of Directors' meeting on May 25, Chief Executive Officer John Friel announced the hiring of a new chief financial officer for the hospital.
John McCormick assumed CFO duties on May 24, replacing Wayne Mills who resigned on April 30 to accept a position with another healthcare organization in Yuba City.
The Oakdale City Council will be having a special meeting on city budget items on Thursday, May 19.
The Oakdale Airport Commission will be meeting tonight, May 12, at 7 p.m. at the Oakdale City Council Chambers.
On the agenda is an item to discuss the city council's proposal for disbandment of the commission. The commission will also discuss updates on hangar leases and the annual airport inspection.
With fire season around the corner, May 1-7 has been declared "Wildfire Awareness Week" in California. During the week, CAL FIRE is urging homeowners to be ready for wildfires. Wildfire Awareness Week is designed to not only remind Californians of the dangers wildfires pose, but also to educate them on how to prepare their property.
In a surprising move, the Oakdale City Council voted 4-0, with Katherine Morgan unavailable, to release City Manager Steve Hallam during a closed session meeting on Monday April 25.
Hallam, who has been with the city since 2001, has been Oakdale's city manager since 2006.
Oakdale Deputy Director of Public Works and Airport Manager David Myers has been placed on paid administrative leave pending a hearing date.
City Manager Steve Hallam confirmed Myers was placed on leave earlier this month but would not provide any specifics about the case citing that it was a pending personnel matter and out of respect for Myers' privacy. Hallam did say that the subject of the leave was not for any criminal related conduct and there has not been an investigation regarding the pending issue.
In an expected move on Tuesday April 5, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors approved a 135-acre mine located in southwest Tuolumne County, adjacent to Stanislaus County, off Cooperstown Road.
Jack and Tricia Gardella and The Resource Exploration and Drilling Company proposed the project that will mine over 55 million tons of crushed rock over a 75-year period. The mined rock would be used for road construction, railroad track ballast and other industrial uses.
Oak Valley Hospital CFO Wayne Mills abruptly announced his resignation as CFO of Oak Valley Hospital Wednesday afternoon, March 30. 2011.
Tickets are still on sale for the 30th annual Oakdale Testicle Festival to take place this Monday, March 28, at 7p.m.
Since 2001, the Oakdale Cowboy Museum has teamed up with Oakdale Rotary for the popular annual dinner of "mountain oysters," a delicacy of fried bull testicles, served at the F.E.S. Hall located at 190 Lee Avenue.
City officials from Riverbank and Oakdale joined forces as allies to encounter the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors at their March 15, 2011 meeting. At issue –a hearing on an open-pit rock mine bordering Stanislaus County off Cooperstown Road that would increase rail traffic through both cities
More than 75 people, ranging from teens to senior citizens, attended Mayor Pat Paul's Citizen Action Committee meeting at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on Monday, March 14.
In response to rising employee pension costs, the City of Oakdale, in an attempt to save money, initiated a two-tier retirement system for new employees. The new lower tier retirement formula brings the benefit down to nearly the same level it was when the city joined the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) in 1970.
The City of Oakdale has revised its original recommendation to have city offices closed one day per week – Fridays – in favor to having city offices open up two hours later at 10 a.m., four days a week, Tuesday through Friday.
With the change, city business hours will also extend one hour, until 6 p.m., on the second Wednesday of the month. The purpose of the one-hour extension is to satisfy the surge in demand for service by walk-in customers that day due to water shut-offs.
A delay in getting a city well operational has cost the City of Oakdale $73,000 in pump shaft repairs due to the installer's claim that the warranty had expired during the 3-year time the well sat inactive between installation of the shaft and the actual time the well was put in service.
The failure of the pump shaft has resulted in finger pointing between city officials, the manufacturer, MagnaDrive of Seattle and the installer, Amerine Systems of Oakdale.
The Napa Valley area is under a state of emergency following a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck between Napa and American Canyon at 3:20 a.m. today. This was the largest earthquake in the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, almost 25 years ago.
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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