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Effective September 16, California Vehicle Code will require drivers to pass cyclists at a safe distance of three feet or, if not possible due to traffic or road conditions (including weather and width of road), the driver must instead slow to a reasonable speed and pass when safe. Likewise, (click title for full story) all cyclists must comply with the rules of the road, including stopping for stop signs and pedestrians, riding as far to the right as possible, riding single file, and using proper cycling etiquette. The ultimate message is for all drivers and cyclists to safely share the road.
Residents have questioned why there has been a time lag between the paving preparation work (base repair, grinding, concrete work, etc.) and the paving operation. The project is composed of distinct phases of work: (1) base repairs, grinding, crack sealing, and concrete repairs; (2) paving; and (click title for full story) (3) raising utilities and striping. The first phase of work must be completed prior to paving and the last phase must be completed after paving on all 28 streets within the project. This can create the appearance of a time lag between initial phases and paving, particularly if your street had base repairs and grinding done early in the process. If each street was completed in its entirety, the construction costs would increase significantly for the same amount of work which would dramatically decrease the number of streets the Town could pave.
This sequencing cannot be avoided given this type of project. The Town determined that rubberized asphalt concrete instead of conventional asphalt concrete would be the best approach for this year’s project because the product will perform twice as long, divert 12,000 scrap tires from landfills, further retard reflective cracking from emerging, stay black longer with less fading, improve skid resistance, and dampen vehicular traffic sound.
The higher-quality rubberized asphalt concrete is not produced every day at asphalt plants and the plant has to mobilize a whole operation in order to have rubberized asphalt concrete available. That is why all 28 street segments need to be paved together rather than one at a time. Paving throughout the Town is scheduled to take approximately three weeks beginning September 19 and finishing October 10, 2014, weather permitting, in which the Town will place 15,000 tons of asphalt.
For more information, visit the Town's website; the Facebook page; or the Twitter account. The Project Construction Manager, Mary Erchul, is also available for any construction related questions at email@example.com or (949) 528-5731.
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Come out to the Moraga Commons Park from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 27, for the 16th Annual Pear & Wine Festival! This is a family-friendly event featuring DJ RyanO, wine tasting, pear pies, jumpies, food, informational booths, youth performances and more. Also, don'e miss (click title for full story) the Pear Recipe Contest to show off your amazing pear dish: Adult and kids (under 18) divisions, limit two entries per person. Categories include: Dessert, Appetizer, Spirits, and Other. Visit the Town of Moraga website for additional information.
The table reservation deadline for the September 27 Toast to Moraga 40th Anniversary Celebration will close Wednesday, September 17. Join the community for a picnic-style (bring your own) dinner in the park to celebrate the anniversary of incorporation! The Toast to Moraga will begin at 6:30 pm and guests are encouraged to “Shop Moraga Food First” at participating restaurants, including (click title for full story) Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Pennini’s, and Subway. Enter the table decorating contest where centerpieces, place settings, etc. will be judged by a panel of staff/volunteers the evening of the event. Categories are: Most Moraga, Most Artistic, Best Use of Recycled Materials, and Over the Top. The Toast to Moraga will kickoff with short and sweet winning toasts from community members. The contest for toast, no longer than 140 characters (tweet-length), will run through September 22; winners will be notified by September 24. Toast contest winners will join Town officials on stage to lead the crowd in the 6:30 pm toast! Reserve your table and Enter the Toast Contest!
Be an informed voter and plan to attend (click title for full story) the Moraga Citizens Network (MCN) “Candidates’ Night” on Wednesday, October 1, at 7:30 pm at the Holy Trinity Cultural Center, 1700 School Street, Moraga. The three residents running for two open Town Council seats are: Ken Chew, Dave Trotter and Teresa Onoda. All Moragans are encouraged to attend and learn about Town issues.
Openings on the Planning Commission, Design Review Board and Park and Recreation Commission provide citizens the opportunity to determine the future of the Town. Each advisory body meets once or twice per month and requires additional preparation time. This is an excellent way to give back to the community, (click title for full story) and to make sure the community develops in a way that meets the Town’s overall vision. Submit an application, questionnaire, a letter of interest and resumé to the Town Clerk’s Office, 329 Rheem Boulevard, Moraga. Visit the Town’s website for more information.
On September 18, the Planning Commission will be asked to consider a continuation of the Conceptual Development Plan for the City Ventures project to a date certain of October 6, 2014. (click title for full story)
On September 10, the Town Council considered an appeal of the Via Moraga project, an 18-lot subdivision proposed at 489 Moraga Road and adoption of a related General Plan Amendment, Zoning Text and Zoning Map Amendment to permit (click title for full story) the project’s proposed residential density. By a 3-2 vote, the Town Council upheld the Planning Commission’s July 21 approval of the Conceptual Development Plan (CDP), and by a 4-1 vote, adopted the requested General Plan and Zoning Amendments. Next steps include Planning Commission consideration of a General Development Plan and Tentative Subdivision Map. A schedule for these hearings has not been set.
On September 10, the Town Council adopted (click title for full story) an Ordinance adding Title 1 General Provisions, Chapter 1.28 Administrative Penalties, of the Town of Moraga Municipal Code. The new ordinance will create a process for issuing administrative citations for violations of the Municipal Code and establish a two-step appeal process. Administrative citations will be issued by non-sworn Town staff.
On September 10, the Town Council provided comments and authorized submittal of the Town’s Draft 2015-2023 Housing Element to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for their required 60-day review. Following this review, the Planning Commission and (click title for full story) the Town Council will conduct public hearings and the Council will consider adopting the Housing Element before submitting it to HCD for certification.