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Closer Look At Shared Services
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The Oakdale Animal Shelter has been contracted with the City of Riverbank for animal control services since 2008. The animal shelter is on 9800 Liberini Avenue in Oakdale. The shelter is 800 square feet and was built in 1974. Sue Fitzpatrick, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Riverbank brought the Oakdale Animal Shelter issue up at the council meeting and shared the following details. The building was designed to serve approximately 5,000 people and is now serving two cities with approximately 50,000 people.

"This has been a very productive partnership and an effective partnership to date," said Jill Anderson, City Manager. "There is a need to look at how we move forward in the future."

The City of Oakdale and Riverbank with assistance from the Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance, and private donations have helped increase the shelter capacity and added a play yard over the past few years to help with the situation, according to Fitzpatrick. She also added that Chief Jenkins from the City of Oakdale police services stated that the building is inadequate for sheltering animals with the total population in both cities. The City of Oakdale was approached by a new local foundation called Astro, whom are interested in raising funds to build a new shelter.

The first thing that the Astro foundation would like to do is a Needs Assessment to determine what size of building they will need and what kind of costs would be incurred. The vendor that the City of Oakdale approved is Animal Arts whom are based out of Colorado. They have researched the company and found that they have done very similar work in other areas. Animal Arts has proposed a bid of $3,400 for the Needs Assessment plus travel expenses, not to exceed $1,000. The total expense for the Needs Assessment would be $4,400, which would be split between the two cities.

City of Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul attended the council meeting on Monday, Jan. 14 to express her thoughts on the issue.

"I just wanted to encourage you to continue this strong partnership that we do have," said Paul. "It says a lot about a community, in the way we treat our animals."

The city council of Riverbank will be reviewing their budget and will determine if they are able to split the costs with the city of Oakdale. The item will be back on the council agenda for Monday, Feb. 11 at the next Riverbank city council meeting.