I would like to thank Mayor Farrell Jackson and every Oakdale City Council member for their hard work in making tough decisions during this financially trying time. While unpopular, their efforts to maintain a reserve for the city have proven to be financially responsible.
As to the many outspoken critics of the city's leadership, it is your right and even responsibility to speak out. But, in the end, it is clear from looking around at nearly every city around us that we are not alone. Every city council is having to make tough decisions.
A special "thank you" to our city employees who continue to perform their duties under these difficult times -- and with a positive attitude as well. You have our thanks.