On Saturday, October 18, the Moraga Historical Society, Saint Mary’s College (SMC) and the Town of Moraga hosted “Remembering 40 Years” at SMC’s Soda Center to celebrate the Town’s incorporation in 1974. Moraga’s Dick Callahan served as emcee and introduced citizens, community leaders, and former mayors/councilmembers who recounted the original incorporation efforts and the history of Town governance through (click title for full story) the four decades of existence. The evening ended with a toast to all those responsible for the Town’s incorporation, and to all those who have worked to make it the special place it is. After the toast, everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to the Town.
The Town is planning another 40th Anniversary celebration to commemorate Moraga’s actual date of incorporation on November 12, 1974. The event will be held on November 12, 2014 at SMC’s Soda Center at 6:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend, so please save the date.
Honor our past, present and future Military Veterans on Tuesday, November 11, 9:00 to 10:00 am at the Commons Park Veterans Memorial Rock. (click title for full story) The ceremony is hosted by local Boy Scout Troops 212, 234 and 246.
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On Sunday, October 26, the community gathered to enjoy Oktoberfest at the Hacienda de las Flores. Hosted by the Hacienda Foundation in partnership with the Town Parks and Recreation Department, attendees enjoyed great weather, family festivities, (click title for full story) live music, beer, and authentic German food! Many thanks to all the volunteers and guests for supporting the Foundation and Hacienda de las Flores. Gemutlichkeit!
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.
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.
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.
The unaudited budget-to-actuals report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014 was submitted to the Town Council at its meeting on October 22. The Town ended the year with an operating surplus of $262,749, where revenues exceeded expenditures. The surplus gets added to the General Fund unassigned fund balance (reserve) for a (click title for full story) total amount of $2,879,900, which equals 43.37% of operating expenses for the year. As of the year end, the Town also has an additional balance of $1,715,737 in Palos Colorados settlement funds.
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.
Story poles for design review of single family homes in the approved Rancho Laguna II subdivision, located on Rheem Boulevard between Moraga Road and St. Mary’s Road, were erected on October 13 and 14. The story poles have been installed in preparation for the October 27 Design Review Board (DRB) hearing to review (click title for full story) project architecture and landscape. Story poles were placed on lots 9, 10, 16, 23 and 26, which are a selection of one and two-story homes on the ‘D’ Drive, which runs parallel to Rheem Boulevard, and on ‘B’ and ‘C’ Courts which are located on the hill in the southeast (upper) portion of the site. Public is invited to attend the 7:00 pm DRB hearing at the Moraga Library.
On November 4, 2014, Moraga voters will elect two Councilmembers. Three residents filed papers to run for two open Council seats: Ken Chew, Dave Trotter and Teresa Onoda. (click title for full story)
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.