The Parks and Recreation Department is currently recruiting seasonal part-time employees. Positions include Recreation Leader I, Recreation Leader II (Camp Director), and Seasonal Maintenance Worker. Working at Camp Hacienda, the Town-run summer camp, (click title for full story) Recreation Leaders will lead campers in songs, games, crafts, and more! Working with the Public Works/Parks Maintenance Department, Seasonal Maintenance Workers will assist in the daily maintenance of parks, facilities, street medians, etc. For more information visit Town's Employment Opportunities page.
Ten years ago a few citizens decided to devote their time and energy to inform Moraga residents of Town activities in an unbiased, transparent and non-political way. Many said it couldn’t be done, but after starting with a membership of only 25, it has blossomed into (click title for full story) keeping 1,400 residents in touch with issues, activities, and emergency notices. For more information, visit Moraga Citizens Network.
On March 11, the Town Council was informed of an upcoming project to repair a portion of Rheem Boulevard, between Fay Hill Reservoir Road and Fernwood Drive, as a part of the Rancho Laguna II development. The repair work will require road closure for the entire construction period, anticipated to be (click title for full story) four to six months, likely beginning spring/summer 2015. When the start date is approved, the Town will provide noticing and outreach to residents and commuters.
Anyone visiting or driving by Town Hall (329 Rheem Boulevard) may notice the building being repainted to protect it from further weather-related damage. During the painting, Town offices will remain open during normal public hours Monday through Thursday and every other Friday. (click title for full story)
The Moraga Town Council has proclaimed March 2015 as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month recognizing the harmful effects of prescription drug abuse on society and encourages all citizens to actively participate in prevention programs and activities. Everyone is encouraged to maintain strict control over (click title for full story) prescribed medications and to dispose of all unused pharmaceuticals. A disposal bin is offered in the Moraga Police Department lobby and has collected over 4,625 pounds since 2010.
Town Council held a Public Hearing on an appeal by Saint Mary’s College (SMC) to allow intramural sports field lights to stay on until 10:00 pm up to 305 days per year. The appeal resulted from a 2012 Planning Director’s decision to limit hours of operation to 9:00 pm based on neighborhood complaints. Since the initial decision, SMC developed plans to substantially reduce (click title for full story) off-site glare affecting neighbors. Council directed staff to return with a revised resolution extending the hours until 10:00 pm after the lighting improvements are completed with direction for a status review after one year from that date.
Town Council approved formation of the Moraga Geologic Hazard Abatement District (GHAD), appointing the Town Council as the GHAD Board of Directors. Moraga’s GHAD was created to protect proposed developments against potential geologic hazards, particularly landslides. The GHAD boundaries include (click title for full story) the Hetfield Estates, Palos Colorados, and Rancho Laguna II developments, with GHAD activities funded by the property owners within each area.
Town Council provided direction on topics for discussion in the (click title for full story) Hillside and Ridgeline Project’s next phase, including definitions used in existing hillside and ridgeline regulations, slope calculations, allowable development types, viewshed protection, “high risk” area mapping, and home sizes on hillside parcels. Direction was also given to increase the number of public meetings and forums for community input. Staff will return with a detailed scope of work at a future Council meeting, with work on the project to resume this spring.
This summer, Moraga residents can receive a no-cost energy and water conservation service thanks to PG&E, the Town of Moraga, and EBMUD. Rising Sun Energy Center trains and employs local youth from ages 15 to 22 to become ‘Energy Specialists’ who serve their Town’s residents with (click title for full story) Green House Calls (GHC). GHCs will take place July 1 through August 6. Call 510-665-1501 ext. 5 to schedule an appointment or sign up online at Rising Sun Energy.
Town Council directed staff to proceed with a professional community survey for the Livable Moraga Road project. Council requested focus groups and a town-wide mail survey to help choose a preferred option for (click title for full story) vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle facilities on the Moraga Road segment between Donald Drive and Corliss Drive. For more information visit the project webpage.