Due to scheduling issues, contractor availability, and weather, the scheduled opening of Rheem Boulevard has been delayed once again, this time until January 20, 2017. The delays in opening the roadway relate to design changes, schedule and contractor availability issues. Two large delays that occurred were due to changing the landslide repair plan from an earthwork solution, where the entire roadway and underlying slides would have been excavated and put back in engineered compacted lifts. The new landslide repair method that was constructed consists of (click title for full story) 106 three-foot diameter buried concrete piers, each 40 feet deep with a tieback anchor and all connected across the top with a large cast-in-place concrete beam. Another significant delay was due to a dormant landslide that partially failed during grading operations, causing significant additional work to be required.
This, along with usual construction delays, scheduling issues, and now weather has brought us to the revised opening date. The ground, as would be expected, is now quite wet, and the contractor’s efforts to keep the roadway area dry by covering the entire roadway with plastic sheeting was of limited success. The project requires a forecast for dry weather for at least five consecutive days in order for State and Federal environmental regulatory agencies to allow the developer to work on the project. Based on the current schedule it is expected to take about 15 working days to complete the roadway. The January 20 date allows for 15 days of delay. If the weather does not cooperate, the opening may be delayed further. The Town asks for your continued patience as these delays are unavoidable. For questions, please contact the Developer’s Construction Manager, Michael Keaney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (650) 255-4002.
On Friday, November 11, beautiful weather graced the annual community celebration to honor our nation’s veterans at the Moraga Commons Park. The event was hosted by local Boy Scout Troops 212, 234, 246, and 249 and coordinated by Scoutmaster Wendell Baker. Retired USN Captain John Haffner emceed the event and was joined by USN Chaplain Lt. Bill Sperry (pictured right with Sam Sperry left) who provided the invocation and benediction. The event was attended by (click title for full story) all members of the Town Council and local representatives from the offices of State Senator Steve Glazer and State Assemblywoman Catharine Baker. Speakers included Congressman Mark DeSaulnier’s District Representative Ryan-Thomas Brown, Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen, and Moraga Mayor Mike Metcalf. Upon public request, Mayor Metcalf’s speech has been posted on the Town website.
Prior information from PG&E has been changed, with a new start date of today, November 14, for gas repair work in the intersection of Rheem Boulevard and Center Street. The gas line will be permanently rerouted in preparation for, and to avoid conflicts, during next year’s Sinkhole culvert replacement. To accommodate PG&E’s work, the intersection will be closed to traffic on a few occasions during the month of November, weather dependent. The Town will provide advanced notice for (click title for full story) dates of closure on electronic changeable message boards. A temporary detour route will be set up to divert motorists through the adjacent commercial parking lots, similar to the traffic detours that were in place in the weeks following the initial Sinkhole emergency. A vehicle and pedestrian detour plan is posted on the Town’s website. The Town advises all motorists to drive slowly through the affected areas. Please remember that the shopping centers are open for business and drivers should always look for, and yield to, pedestrians. This update and all past updates can be found on the Town website’s dedicated Sinkhole webpage. Thank you for your continued patience.
November 28 to December 2, 2016 the traffic medians throughout town will be treated for weed abatement.
(click title for full story) If you have any questions please contact the Moraga Public Works Department (925) 888-7026, click here for posted notice.
Have you heard your kids talking about an interesting character they had lunch with at school? Moraga Police Officers are working to meet and get to know kids in the community, by joining them for lunch and enjoying conversations at all elementary schools and at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School. The visits are coordinated with school staff in advance. Call MPD at 925-888-7049 for more information. (click title for full story)
Addressing safety and congestion issues on St. Mary’s Road at the Rheem Boulevard and Bollinger Canyon Road intersections have consistently been a priority for the community and Town Council. A Town Council Goal for 2016 is to complete the design of roundabouts at both intersections as recommended by previous studies. Town Council awarded (on a 4-1 vote) a design contract to complete the environmental process and 40% of the plans, specifications, and estimate. This grant funded work, with restricted local funding reserved for this project, will position the project for additional grant funding opportunities. (click title for full story)
Town Council requested that the Moraga Commons Park Site Specific Master Plan be brought back for adoption after the first of next year. Council asked the consultant to include additional details and make some minor revisions to the draft report that was presented in open session. Town Council is currently (click title for full story) scheduled to review the final draft Master Plan on January 11, 2016.
Town Council accepted the Hacienda de las Flores Conceptual Plan Study as presented by Gould Evans. Community outreach, spanning over a 12-month period, resulted in a (click title for full story) phased conceptual plan proposal for a more financially sustainable Hacienda property, based on a public-private partnership model. Acceptance of this plan does not approve any projects contained within the study and a Town Council-appointed subcommittee will continue to study Hacienda opportunities. Furthermore, if future projects are proposed, they will be brought forward for review when appropriate.
Another 2016 Town Council Goal is to develop a sustainable funding strategy to ensure Town assets and infrastructure, such as buildings, storm drains, parks and other facilities, can be maintained into the future. Town Council awarded a consultant services contract to conduct a funding feasibility study to focus on the storm drain portion of the goal and to recommend types of funding measures to pursue. (click title for full story)
Town Council received a presentation outlining potential steps the Town could take to pay down its $3.6 million unfunded pension liability. The Council directed staff to work with the Audit and Finance Committee to research which options are the most viable to reduce the liability. Potential options include reducing the Town’s amortization schedule; making one-time payments; entering into an IRS Section 115 Irrevocable Trust – Pension Rate Stabilization Program; and/or designating a separate Town reserve fund to pay down the liability. (click title for full story)
Through the end of November, Bobbie and Tom Preston will continue to collect bikes for Cycle Recycle to be refurbished and given to charitable groups to distribute at Christmas. To date over 3,000 bikes have been collected. New and/or used bikes and trikes in working or repairable order, or useable bike parts may be delivered to the side driveway of the Preston’s home at 1307 Larch Avenue in Moraga. For more information contact Bobbie or Tom Preston at 925-376-8474. (click title for full story)