Tomorrow, Thursday September 1, there will not be any one-hour road closures on Bollinger Canyon Road. The roadway will be open to traffic at all times. Our contractor was able to complete the rockfall mitigation work in three days instead of four.
The contractor will (click title for full story) still be on site tomorrow doing some minor cleanup work, but the traffic control pattern will change to alternating one-way traffic with flagger controls in each direction. Motorists may still experience delays of (at most) a few minutes. Thanks for your patience during this important project, and thanks to Bay Cities Paving for doing a great job.
On November 8, 2016, Moraga voters will elect three Councilmembers. The nomination period for the election has closed and there are four qualified candidates: Graig Crossley, Jeanette Fritzky, Kymberleigh Korpus and Roger Wykle. All Moragans are encouraged to meet the candidates and learn about Town issues by attending the Moraga Citizens Network (MCN) “Candidates’ Night” on Thursday, October 13, at 7:30 pm at the Holy Trinity Cultural Center, 1700 School Street, Moraga. Candidate information and statements are available for public review in the Town Clerk’s office. (click title for full story)
Participate in one or both of the community outreach meetings scheduled for Thursday, September 8, and Monday, September 26, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Hacienda de las Flores. (click title for full story) Provide input on potential improvements to the park that, if funded, could be realized within the next few years. Discussions to date include the desire for additional bocce courts and more parking. Please take the time to provide input on the award-winning Commons Park and help continue to make life better.
The beginning of school brings increased traffic and congestion around local schools. Students are not always aware of the traffic around them and count on drivers to watch out for them. Please drive safely and do the following: Be aware of crosswalks and stop when they are occupied, do not pass school buses with red flashing lights, keep speed at or below the posted limit and do not assume that a pedestrian or child on a bicycle will always see approaching vehicles. Please drive slowly, safely and watch out for kids! (click title for full story)
Town Council adopted, by a 3-2 vote, a resolution approving the General Development Plan and Vesting Tentative Map for the Moraga Town Center Homes project, granting City Ventures’ appeal of the Planning Commission’s July 18 effective denial of the application. The project now requires (click title for full story) three additional approvals from the Town: the Precise Development Plan, Final Design Review, and Final Subdivision Map. For more information contact Holly Pearson, Senior Planner.
Town Council approved the Moraga Commons Park, Option 2 location, which abuts the lower playground area closest to the St. Mary’s Road parking lot for the proposed new playground. Some redesign was suggested and funding of $155,000 for site development was approved from One Time Developer Fees (Palos Colorados). Identification of the location for the playground was necessary for Moraga Rotary to start their campaign to raise $260,000 to fund the new playground equipment, rubberized surfacing and fencing. (click title for full story)
Town Council received a (click title for full story) presentation from the Moraga Chamber of Commerce on the results of a community preference survey conducted to identify what businesses and changes are desired in the Rheem Center. The online survey had 1,084 respondents, including Moraga, Orinda, Lafayette, and Saint Mary’s College residents, and indicated family or child-friendly businesses were most important coupled with the desire for more restaurant choices. Jay Kerner of U.S. Realty Partners, Inc., the new owner of the Rheem Center, was present and addressed Council with his vision and progress thus far to make improvements to meet the needs of the community.
Town Council received a report on the results of a (click title for full story) Community Needs and Priorities Survey from Godbe Research. The survey, which included a representative sample of just over 400 Moraga voters, asked respondents to rate various aspects of quality of life, and assess levels of satisfaction and importance of various Town services and infrastructure, as well as issues like growth management. The survey also polled respondents on how they access information about the Town, and participation in Town-sponsored and other events. The survey indicated a high level of satisfaction with the overall quality of life in Moraga, as well as impressive levels of participation in community events and engagement with the Town through the Town’s website and About Town newsletter, local press, and social media (especially NextDoor.com). Among the items that were identified as both important and in need of improvement, were repairing and maintaining infrastructure such as storm drains and streets; and managing growth, particularly development in hillside areas. The survey will assist the Town Council as they consider spending priorities in future budget cycles, and to evaluate and develop longer-term funding strategies to address Moraga’s most critical needs.
Work began this week with the Town’s contractor setting up a water diversion system inside the 96-inch pipe, cutting out pieces of metal pipe that are sticking out, and concrete patching which will continue throughout the rest of the week. All work inside the pipe should be completed by the end of next week (September 2). Soon after, (click title for full story) the contractor will begin securing the surface around the hole and place erosion protection measures (such as plastic tarps) and a temporary berm and inlets to capture surface runoff and direct it into the pipe. The contractor and inspector will monitor the hole and pipe throughout winter and check for any changes or movement. The intersection will continue to operate as it does now with stop control and one lane open in each direction.
The structural retention system construction is moving forward. With all 106 piers in place and the concrete grade beam cap partially complete, work on the installation of the tiebacks has begun, but not as quickly as planned. The contractor will try to make up for lost time by bringing in additional equipment. After the completion of the pier-and-tieback retaining wall, (click title for full story) the road work will begin with the installation of a subdrain, sewer line, and then reconstruction of the pavement section. While the roadway closure was expected to end in mid-October, the community should be advised that project evaluation now indicates the reopening of Rheem Boulevard (between Fernwood Drive and Via Barcelona) is anticipated to be December 2016.
The Lamorinda Spirit Van Program has been in service since June, 2006 delivering older Lamorinda residents (age 60 and up) to the C.C. Café at the Walnut Creek Senior Center for lunch Monday through Friday, on errands to local stores and businesses, and to hair, medical, dental, and physical therapy appointments. To support (click title for full story) the Lamorinda Spirit Van Program financially, please consider a tax-deductible check payable to the City of Lafayette. On the memo line, write "Lamorinda Spirit Van, Moraga." Mail to Lamorinda Spirit Van Program, Lafayette Senior Services, 500 St. Mary's Road, Lafayette, CA 94549. An anonymous Moraga donor has agreed to match all contributions from the Moraga community up to $4,500.
The Slow Down Lamorinda campaign is continuing as Moraga, Lafayette and Orinda Police Departments are working to encourage drivers to slow down and drive safely to improve traffic safety and reduce accidents. Citations for over 175 violations have been issued so far this summer. While safe driving is always important, it is especially critical now as the children will be returning to school this month. Please do your part, drive safely and SLOW DOWN LAMORINDA! (click title for full story)