They've been cursed at, honked at, glared at, flipped off, and flat-out ignored in spite of their much-needed services in various locations throughout Oakdale - they're the city's crossing guards and they're doing their part to protect the city's children.
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 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.