Surveys are being taken, in the Valley Home area, as the Stanislaus County Redevelopment Agency is required by law to gather information for an implementation plan for 2010 through 2015. This information is to address conditions within designated redevelopment areas. This can include public infrastructure, facilities and deteriorating buildings to name a few.
The surveys are only for the residents that live in the immediate area: north of Lone Tree Road, from Valley Home Highway to Pioneer Avenue; east of Pioneer Avenue from Lone Tree to Valley Home Highway; and west of Valley Home Highway from Lone Tree to Pioneer. Only those living in this triangle are eligible to take the survey. Surveys have been dropped off, at many homes, and they need to be collected. If you still have your survey, or have not received one, please call Sharon Hofmann @ 209-847-5757. These are important as they are for the community and will provide help for improvements badly needed.
Our Valley Home 4-H members are getting back into the swing after the holidays. We have heard a rumor that the 4-H Ag Mechanics project group is going in full swing at the Verdegaals. We understand that the project members are busy working on a restoration project to enter into the Stanislaus County Fair. Sounds like a fun project! The Rabbit group will be meeting this Friday at 6:30 at the Smith’s ranch on Pioneer Ave. Members will be getting ready for their first rabbit show in Stockton.
Word has arrived from our Red Hat Queen Bonny Bianchi that members will be enjoying their February 3rd meeting with lunch at Bocelli’s Restaurant in Oakdale (Old Garlic House). The Hatters will gather at 11:00 AM. Don’t forget to give Cookie a call at 847-0761 to make your reservation.
The Valley Home MAC met last Wednesday and the first order of business was the installation by County Supervisor Bill O’Brien of Sharon Hofmann and Nancy Osmundson as new council members. The next order of business was the re-election of Tammie Smith as Chairman, and the election of Sharon Hofmann as Secretary and Nancy Osmundson as Vice-chairman.
Adam representing the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District reported a total of 69 calls for the month which included 9 Oakdale City, 1 CalFire and 5 Stanislaus Consolidated assists. Annette Patton of Stanislaus County Animal Services presented a list of department activities for the month in addition to reporting that February is Spay Month. She spoke of free spaying in certain areas for pit bull dogs. Contact Animal Control for complete details.
The County Environment Control reported that there would be two Hazard Waste pickup days on March 19-20 in Oakdale at the City Corp. Yard, 455 So. 5th Ave. There was also a continuing discussion of a community cleanup date planned for the future. More information will be distributed later.
A vacancy remains on the Valley Home Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) and it needs to be filled by March 2. Interested persons contact this reporter at email@example.com for an application.
There will be a Stanislaus County Community Conference on February 9 (6-8:30 pm) and 10 (5:30-8:30 pm). The past years Annual Community Retreat has been reformatted to provide specific information to help community leaders address the concerns of their communities while partnering with County staff and other local resources. Further details will be sent out to those requesting registration. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.