Moraga residents joined staff for an evening of fun celebrating the date of the Town’s incorporation and The Mayor’s presentation of 2014’s accomplishments on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Saint Mary’s College Soda Center. (click title for full story) Enjoy the presentation at The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same.
PG&E representatives Tom Guarino and Michael Herz attended the October 22 Council meeting to address residents’ concerns about the effects associated with Electromagnet Fields (EMFs) created by transmission lines, cell towers and phones, and electrical equipment. According to PG&E, (click title for full story) health risk studies associated with EMF exposure levels are inconclusive, but the utility offers free testing services to individuals with concerns about EMFs. For more information contact email@example.com. Private firms available online also offer EMF measurement testing for a fee. Future PG&E projects in Moraga will be discussed further when more data and details are available.
Moraga and Canyon residents, along with trail users and bicyclists, attended an informational community meeting on October 15 to learn about the Canyon Road Bridge Replacement project. Canyon Road, the southern gateway connection to the Town of Moraga facilitates an average daily traffic use of 6,000 vehicles. The bridge spans (click title for full story) the west branch of the San Leandro Creek, south of Constance Place. The project has begun the preliminary engineering and environmental clearance phase and anticipates construction in 2016. This project will be funded primarily by the Federal Highway Bridge Program administered by Caltrans. More information about the Project can be found on the Flyer and the Town’s website.
At the October 22 meeting, the Town Council approved a Park and Recreation Commission recommendation to develop schematic designs for an Americans with Disabilities Act pathway that will provide improved access to the hillside Commons Park Bandshell viewing area. A not-to-exceed amount of $18,000 was approved for phase one of the pathway design. (click title for full story)
On October 21, the Planning Commission, Design Review Board and Park and Recreation Commission held a joint meeting to consider the recommendation of the Town Advisory Committee (TAC) for Livable Moraga Road (LMR). The TAC endorsed the overall corridor concept which includes a continuous multi-use path, sidewalks and bike lanes, and intersection improvements such as (click title for full story) a new traffic signal at Corliss Drive, modification of the Rheem Boulevard/Moraga Road intersection to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, and working with the Acalanes Union High School District to improve congestion around Campolindo High School. For Segment 3, (between Donald Drive and Corliss Drive), the TAC recommended, as a short term configuration, either Option B or C, and for long-term, Option B. Both Options involve reducing the number of travel lanes in this segment to accommodate a multi-use path, sidewalk, parking and bike lanes. The Draft Corridor Concept and Segment 3 Options are available on the Livable Moraga Road webpage where residents can sign up for project updates and share comments.
The Board and Commissions had consensus that there could be a reduction in the number of through travel lanes in this segment, that introduction of a center turn lane was a beneficial safety improvement, and favored options that included a continuous multi-use path, bike lanes and sidewalks; although there was not complete consensus on whether Option B or C was preferable. There was also support for the overall corridor concept. The TAC and Joint Commissions’ recommendations will be brought to the Town Council in January 2015.
The 2014 Saint Mary’s College (SMC) Men’s Rugby Team was honored by the Town Council for winning the Division 1A Collegiate National Championship against Life University on May 10, 2014. On their way to SMC’s first ever national rugby championship, the team beat both UC Berkeley and Brigham Young University during the regular season. Go Gaels! (click title for full story)
Restriping of recently repaved street segments has begun. Temporary striping tape and reflective floppies are currently in place to help direct traffic until the permanent thermoplastic striping starts. Drivers may also notice thin white lines or "cat tracking" (pre-marking) to indicate (click title for full story) where the permanent striping will be located. Thermoplastic was chosen in lieu of traditional paint because it is more durable, and can last several years in many areas.
Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should have utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call to 811 – even small projects like planting trees and shrubs. The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area. Hitting a utility line (click title for full story) can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling 811 before every digging job gets underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences.
On October 22 the Council accepted the Town’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), directing staff to annually review and recommend individual strategies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that could be implemented in the upcoming annual work plan and budget review. The CAP is (click title for full story) Moraga’s long-term plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from daily activities of residents and local businesses, and contains strategies related to energy efficiency, land use, transportation, water, wastewater and soil waste management. Staff will work with the Contra Costa County Climate Leaders, a local nonprofit, to identify grant-funding and implementation opportunities for CAP strategies.
On October 20, the Moraga Police Department (MPD) achieved full staffing with the addition of Officer Edwin Navas. Edwin was born in El Salvador and is fluent in Spanish. He lives in Antioch with his wife and two children. Edwin has begun (click title for full story) MPD’s Field Training Program and will be working with a Field Training Officer until he has completed all training phases. A welcoming reception is being planned, and will be announced when finalized. The public will be invited to meet and welcome Edwin to our community.
The Park and Recreation Commission is currently seeking volunteers to fill one vacancy for a term expiring March of 2016. Commission meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at the Hacienda de las Flores. (click title for full story) Interested residents should 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.
Holes 9 through 18 of the Moraga Country Club’s (MCC) golf course are located on 60.68 acres of land leased to the MCC by the Town. The MCC provided the Town with full funding to purchase the land from the State of California in 1995 and has been paying the Town (click title for full story) $4,200 annually in rent for the past 20 years. The initial 20 year lease expires in April, 2015. In accordance with the original Land Lease, the MCC exercised its right to extend the lease for an additional 25 years, requiring the Town to establish a new rental rate at fair market value. The Town and MCC followed the explicit procedures of the original Land Lease using qualified appraisers to determine the current fair market rental value of the property. As the result of this pre-determined process, the Town Council established the fair market annual rental rate of $63,250, effective April 3, 2015.