Last Modified: Monday, September 09, 2013 5:49 PM
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Posted By: John M. On: 3/13/2014
Title: Concerned citizen
I feel the city miss manages it's funds very badly. The previous comment I agree with in regards to the city collecting fines. I see all day long the police officers issuing tickets for traffic offenses and then the person cited complains to their family member in city position or another position if influence. Having the ticket wiped away. If the officers are going to do their job then the city should do theirs and collect the fine. Not wash it away as a political or back room gesture. Second I don't see any mention of the city employee who is responsible for making the payments on the cities bills. This woman should be asked the hard question as to why she would write checks of the city did not hav the funds to cover them. Next it is strange that the city has city vehicles and the insurance has not been paid on. Then vehicles that are no longer in a condition to be operated have had insurance paid on them. This is financial stupidity. Don't get me started on payroll taxes. If any business in this state had not paid their payroll taxes they would have been shut down. This brings me now to worker compensation insurance. It has come to light in recent reviews that the city has failed to their legally required worker compensation payments. This failure has le to injured city workers not receiving the coverage they were required to get. Either no coverage at all or they had to argue to get the coverage they were needing. This disregard to employees violates ao many federal employee protected rights It is unreal. This leads to the million dollar question what happened to all the money. Who's pocket did it end up in. The previous comment was also spot on with its idea I electing officials who have the skills knowledge and abilities to run the city and mange it effectively. I can only hold faith and prayer that the city will find a fix for these issues that will help the city rise up and be the great city it has the potential to be. One that the citizens will be happy and proud to call their home. But I also think the citizens should look deeply within their conscience when they take to the polls for the next election an vote for leadership that will help the city not vote based on friendship and family origins. Only the people can demand change and get change if they no longer stand for mediocrity and the good ol' boy mentality.
Posted By: Taxpayer On: 9/10/2013
REALLY??? $150.00 for "administrative" (mayor's) approval....What are supervisors and budgets for???
If the city has been spending money it doesn't have, how can it afford to operate the future dog pound it has approved???
Posted By: Concerned Previous Citizen On: 9/10/2013
It's a shame that the only time Oakdale gets mentioned in the news, it is in regards to something negative. If the people of Oakdale would stop appointing their friends into public office, and start electing/hiring individuals that are qualified to perform daily duties, maybe the city would be in a better financial standing. I read the Oakdale Journal every week, and it seems that the city could pay all of there debts in full if they were collecting the fines from all the arrests being made, but I am sure that is not being handled correctly either. Wake up Oakdale residents, these problems are not going to fix themselves. Eventually the town is going suffer (more so than it already has) and the city will continue to fall further and further behind. Oakdale is a decent size town, with huge potential to be a prosperous community, but one person cannot achieve this goal alone. When are the city officials going to stop sticking their heads in the ground every time a problem becomes evident, and start being proactive in resolving these issues. I would like to think that something is going to change soon, but based on what i have seen in recent years there is little hope.