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OVH Board Responds To Grand Jury

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.

June 23, 2011 | | NEWS


Budget To Be Discussed At Monday's Council Meeting

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.

June 16, 2011 | | NEWS


Public Safety Layoffs Averted

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.

June 09, 2011 | | NEWS


Hospital Names New CFO

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.

May 26, 2011 | | NEWS


Council Holding Special Meeting On Budget

The Oakdale City Council will be having a special meeting on city budget items on Thursday, May 19.

May 19, 2011 | | NEWS


Airport Commission To Discuss Possible Disbandment

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.

May 12, 2011 | | NEWS


Fire Officials Admit Higher Fuel Concerns

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.

May 04, 2011 | | NEWS


Shake Up At City Hall

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.

April 25, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Public Works Deputy Director Put On Leave

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.

April 21, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Tuolumne Supervisors Approve Cooperstown Quarry

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.

April 07, 2011 | | NEWS


Oak Valley Hospital CFO Resigns Position

Oak Valley Hospital CFO Wayne Mills abruptly announced his resignation as CFO of Oak Valley Hospital Wednesday afternoon, March 30. 2011.

March 30, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Testicle Festival This Monday

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.

March 24, 2011 | | NEWS


Cities Team Up To Battle Mine Project

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

March 17, 2011 | | NEWS


Citizens Develop Ideas

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.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


City Adopts Two-Tier Retirement For New Workers

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.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


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