The Oakdale Varsity Football team arrived bright and early Friday, Dec. 14 to board the bus headed for Carson, California for the California Interscholastic Federation State Football Championship Division II Bowl game -- a first for the Mustangs and there was a good-sized, rowdy crowd ready to send them off in style.
With several thefts of equipment and city property occurring at the public works corporation yard over the past year, the City of Oakdale has invested in a series of closed circuit cameras mounted in strategic locations throughout the Fifth Avenue facility.
Due to the "recent beneficial hydrology of this winter" the necessity for the Oakdale Irrigation District to rush toward completing a one-year water transfer with the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) has been minimized, according to a Dec. 10 OID memo and statements made at the Dec. 11 special meeting of the OID Board of Directors.
Oakdale Police Department's Keri Redd, having competed against two other internal candidates within the 22 sworn-member department, took another step in advancing her police career when she was promoted to lieutenant this month.
Oakdale Fire Department with assistance from Stanislaus Consolidated Fire out of Riverbank battled a house fire in the 200 block of South Third Avenue on Friday, Dec. 7. The fire was called in shortly after 1 p.m. and was reported in the downstairs portion of the residence. The fire spread throughout the structure. Crews on scene reported that the residents were able to escape without injury however the family dog was unaccounted for. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time.
After two-plus hours of closed session talks from a special city council meeting regarding the selection of a city manager on Friday, Dec. 7, the Oakdale City Council broke at noon to announce that no decision has been made.
Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas was the place to be if you considered yourself either an avid gin rummy player or fan. The Gin Rummy Association presented The Holiday Classic Tournament from Nov. 11 through the 14 for gin rummy partners and singles and one Oakdale man walked away with top honors. Greg Anderson came home with the world title in hand.
The California Natural Resources Agency announced that the City of Oakdale will receive an $862,625 grant to convert more than 15 acres into a river parkway including a 750-foot trail allowing public access to the Stanislaus River from Valley View Park.
On Friday, Nov. 30, City Clerk Nancy Lilly stepped away from Oakdale City Hall, ending a successful career that spanned more than 32 years. Her last official act was at Monday's city council meeting where she swore in her replacement, Kathy Teixeira.
Minutes after taking over the dais with the addition of two new members on Monday Dec. 3, the Oakdale City Council set to business by breaking into closed session to discuss appointing a permanent city manager.