There will be a swearing in ceremony for Oakdale’s newly elected mayor and two council members during the regularly scheduled Dec. 6 city council meeting.
The Monday night city council meeting will begin one hour earlier than normal, at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers. At 7 p.m., that meeting will adjourn to the Gene Bianchi Community Center at 110 S. Second Ave. for the swearing in ceremony.
Judge Ricardo Cordova will swear in Pat Paul as Oakdale’s mayor, as well as Jason Howard and Michael Brennan for the city council. Howard has been elected for the first time, while Brennan won reelection.
Paul said she wants to implement a number of changes when she assumes office.
“I want to see if we can find money in the budget for street sweeping and streetlights,” she said, noting the lack of streetlights is a safety issue for many in the community.
Paul also said she wants to begin a Hispanic outreach program in order to allow those residents to become more involved in city issues and commissions.
Another priority, Paul said, is meeting with business owners from the four major shopping centers in town. Paul said she wants to have informal meetings at local businesses within the centers to hear from storeowners.
Also on the agenda, according to Paul, is pressuring the state government for funds to improve the railroad tracks to Jamestown in order to improve the ability of Sierra Railroad to attract customers. Paul also said she hopes to organize a performing arts center and look into the idea of a visitor’s bureau for the city, as well as improvements to the city’s airport.
Paul challenged incumbent mayor Farrell Jackson in the Nov. 2 election, winning the seat by a 2,911 to 2,641 vote margin.