Members of the Oakdale City Council formally approved a contract at their Monday night meeting that will merge the headquarters of Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District, City of Oakdale Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District. The merged headquarters provides one fire chief from the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District to oversee all three agencies. The merge is expected to happen by June of this year.
Oakdale voters will have the opportunity this June to decide the fate of their public library. The Oakdale branch of the Stanislaus County Library is funded in part by a one-eighth cent sales tax collected throughout Stanislaus County. The tax accounts for 84 percent of the Stanislaus County Library funding, and it is set to expire in 2013. The sales tax will be on the ballot in the June 5, 2012 Primary Election.
A revised draft of terms for a one-time option of annexation to the Oakdale Irrigation District for select groups of "fringe" parcels was set by the OID board in a unanimous action at the Feb. 7 regular meeting.
The City of Oakdale asked that the Oakdale Irrigation District relocate its West Pump Pipeline No. 2 before the start of the 2012 irrigation season. The pipeline currently runs on Stearns Road, north of Highway 108/120 and then heads west toward the rodeo grounds, the pipeline also runs through the limits of the Trieste Subdivision project and results in conflicts with the road alignment that is part of the city's plan to develop the area. The housing development is an age-restricted community of 100 homes located across from the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
The crossing guards stationed at three different high-traffic crossing areas commonly used by students in the morning and afternoon are quite possibly the bravest people in Oakdale, given the fact how many pedestrian vs. vehicle accidents occur in the city. But recently, some crossing guards have said they've caught some guff over their need to stop traffic so the children can cross. Some drivers aren't stopping at all and are blowing through the crosswalk, jeopardizing the safety of the children and the crossing guard. For the full story, read the Feb. 8 issue of The Oakdale Leader.
Oakdale airport-bound pilots are rethinking their flight paths in the interest of public safety and comfort. Air traffic has been re-directed away from the air space above Sierra View Elementary School after community complaints that the planes were flying too low.
Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District voted to award Coit Restoration the bid for removing the toxic mold that has shut down the Valley Home fire station since November.
Oakdale's oldest resident – even listed as among the oldest living people in the world – 109-year-old Vera Piccetti, passed away on Monday morning, Jan. 23.
Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul took her audience on a trip through the last year of Oakdale history with her State of the City address on Jan. 25. She gave the address to a crowd of more than 100 business owners, city staff and other Oakdale community leaders and residents at a luncheon hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce.
The Oakdale Redevelopment Agency met for the last time on Monday to finalize an EOPS, Enforceable Obligations Payment Schedule. The EOPS is a list of all RDA debt that will need to be repaid under the guidance of the RDA's successor agency. Also included on the list were planned RDA projects that have not yet broken ground. Interim City Manager Gregory Wellman said that each item on the list was already intended to use RDA funds.
Although not technically a new member - he joined the Oakdale Saddle Club in 2007 - Kevin Fox is bringing fresh, new ideas to an organization that has prided itself on tradition and keeping things within the status quo for more than 60 years.
The Valley Home fire station's toxic mold problem was recently addressed by the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors. The station has been closed due to the mold since November. Find out about the board's decision, as well as the options, cost, and what's ahead to get the mold problem resolved in the Feb. 1 issue of The Oakdale Leader.
Car thieves are becoming more brazen, stealing vehicles regardless of the time of day, say police.
Oakdale City Council recovered from city holiday shut-downs with a heavier than usual agenda on Jan. 17. The meeting was held on a Tuesday, rather than the regular Monday, because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It was their second meeting of the month, but the previous meeting had just one agenda item.
The fate of Oakdale's Business Improvement District is still unknown after the Oakdale City Council decided to delay its decision on the BID for one month. The council 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. The business owners involved in the BID were asked to sign a letter of support of the organization, and council will re-visit the discussion at a future meeting.
Over 78 percent of revenue collected from Measure O has gone towards public safety and all the funds have been spent correctly according to a presentation by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer on Feb. 13 to the members of the city's oversight committee.
The Leader has learned that Wayne Albright, 56, passed away in a New Mexico hospital in the evening on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Despite a decision less than three months ago where council members publicly criticized the premise, the Oakdale City Council has reversed its position about paying a third of a Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District study on a fire department merger.
City officials for Oakdale have made it no secret that without the additional revenue provided from Measure O, the city would be in a great hardship operationally.
Oakdale High School junior Rachelle Pabalan was named the recipient of the Distinguished Young Woman title on Saturday, Feb. 8, passed to her by OHS senior and outgoing Distinguished Young Woman Sabrina Franciosa. In addition to the $2,500 scholarship for the title award, Pabalan received two $200 scholarships in the Scholastics and Interview categories.
Despite feeling under the weather in early January, sprint race car enthusiast and longtime A.L. Gilbert employee Wayne Albright still set out with his son, Dakota, and a friend to pursue his passion at the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Chili Bowl in Tulsa.
Oakdale High School plays Sonora in basketball at the OHS gymnasium on Friday, Feb. 14 for Winter Homecoming. The game is also Senior Night and marks the final time the longstanding rivals will face each other as Valley Oak League opponents, as Sonora will move into a different league next season.
Valentine's Day is one of the most feel-good holidays of the year, full of love, roses, and candy hearts everywhere you look. No matter what you choose to do on that special day, from a group date with friends to a romantic dinner with your significant other, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) encourages you to keep the memories pleasant. Nothing can ruin an evening like getting a DUI or causing a crash. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver, or better yet, spread the love by being the designated sober driver for others.
Oakdale emergency crews were busy Friday night, Feb. 7 around 8:30 p.m. when police and fire units were called out to the 400 block of S. Wood Avenue after a car crashed into a house.
Despite an earlier decision less than three months ago where council members publicly criticized the premise, the Oakdale City Council reversed its position about paying a third of a Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District study on a fire department merger.
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, has asked the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to complete an audit before the end of this year on the policies and procedures of adopting, updating and installing new electronic processing systems within the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA).
A significant increase in fines for water theft was unanimously approved at the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors regular meeting on Feb. 4.
The Oakdale Cowboy Museum was filled with people Wednesday, Jan. 29 as the crowd came for the official opening of the museum's newest exhibit, "The Tales of the Yosemite Back Country, Mather Saddle & Pack Station, operated by the Barnes Family since 1929" in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act.
The Oakdale Lions Club will host the annual Don Osborne Memorial Run for the Library on Saturday, Feb. 8, rain or shine, beginning at the library, corner of G Street and South First Avenue.
Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder & Registrar of Voters reports her staff will perform marriage ceremonies on Valentine's Day at the main City / County Building located at 1010 Tenth Street in Modesto.