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.
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.
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.
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