he Town’s initial request for financial assistance to repair the sinkhole was denied by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) through the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The Town disputes the findings and will appeal the decision. The Town Council award of construction contract has been postponed from June 8 to June 22, due to the pending appeal. The Town will continue to do everything possible to get the repairs done quickly, will continue to support the business community during the repair phase, and will continue to seek financial assistance until all options are exhausted. (click title for full story)
Two Moraga homes were burglarized this week with entry gained through unlocked windows. Please take precautions to avoid being victimized such as: locking all doors and windows, locking side gates, keeping a record of serial numbers and photos of valuable items, and consider installing (click title for full story) an alarm and/or video surveillance system. Go to the Lafayette Police website for additional information about burglary prevention: Prevent Residential Burglaries.
Rheem Blvd Reopened Map.pdfClick the link to the right to see a map.
Rheem Boulevard is now open with one lane in each direction. Based on results from tests conducted along the alignment of the existing 96-inch diameter corrugated metal pipe (CMP), the Town’s consultants have determined that the Rheem Boulevard and Center Street intersection is safe for vehicles. The two westbound (downhill) lanes of Rheem Boulevard now require the right lane to turn right only and the left lane to go straight or turn left. Eastbound traffic (from Orinda) (click title for full story)
is defined by delineators creating one lane and the speed limit has been reduced to 25 MPH. The intersection of Rheem Boulevard at Center Street is now controlled by stop signs in all directions. Previous detours through the adjacent shopping centers are no longer required. Please drive slowly and be attentive to other vehicles and pedestrians at all times. This change will continue until repair work begins on the sinkhole. Please remember all businesses are open and need your support. Visit Rheem Boulevard Re-opened to see the graphic of the new traffic pattern. The Town thanks everyone for their patience and understanding throughout this process.
Kick off your summer like a superhero! (click title for full story) The Moraga Youth Involvement Committee (MYIC) is hosting a free outdoor screening of The Incredibles at the Moraga Commons Park on Friday, June 3! Bring friends, enter the raffle, and enjoy refreshments sold by the MYIC. All proceeds help fund future projects and events benefiting the youth of Moraga. Movie begins at approximately 8:50 pm, depending on darkness. The Moraga Commons Park is located at the intersection of Moraga Road and St. Mary’s Road. The event is generously sponsored by the Moraga Park Foundation.
Town Council adopted updated development impact fees and related amendments to the Municipal Code. Impact fees are collected from new development to offset the added demands on Town facilities and infrastructure, including government facilities, storm drainage, public safety, and parks, recreation and open space. Fees for (click title for full story) traffic impacts are assessed separately through the regional Lamorinda Fee and Financing Authority (LFFA) program. The new fees will be effective in early July, and will apply to any project approved or “deemed complete” after that date. For more information, contact Ellen Clark, Planning Director.
Town Council appointed Councilmember Roger Wykle to the Hillside and Ridgeline Steering Committee, in place of Mayor Mike Metcalf. The Steering Committee will hold its next meetings in June to review draft regulations for the (click title for full story) development and protection of hillside and ridgeline lands, based on previous direction from the Town Council. Visit the project webpage for more information on the Hillside and Ridgeline project.
Moraga residents may receive phone calls or emails in the coming week to participate in a “Community Priorities” survey. The survey of registered Moraga voters will solicit input on community priorities and needs for Town services, facilities and critical infrastructure, as a tool to help inform future budget decisions and prioritize allocation of the Town’s limited financial and staffing resources. A report on the survey results is scheduled to be provided to the Town Council in June. (click title for full story)
The Moraga Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with U.S. Realty Partners, the new owners of the Rheem Valley Shopping Center, has created a survey that gives the community of Moraga a chance to weigh in on what they would like to see added to the Rheem Center in the way of services, restaurants, and types of stores. An added bonus of completing the survey is (click title for full story) eligibility for one of eight $25 gift certificates for use at the Rheem Center! The results of the Survey will be turned over to the new owners for consideration as they move forward to improve the shopping center.
Moraga residents will find it easier to vote in the upcoming June 7 Presidential Primary Election, as the Contra Costa Elections Office and City/Town Clerks countywide are providing convenient “CoCo Vote-N-Go” drop off locations through Election Day. The secure, steel ballot drop-off box is located upstairs in the Town offices, 329 Rheem Boulevard, during normal business hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm through June 7. Contra Costa voters can drop their vote-by-mail ballot at any city or town hall, regardless of where they live. Please remember Town Hall is closed Friday, May 20 and June 3. (click title for full story)
Does your organization or business want to have a booth at the (click title for full story) Town of Moraga 4th of July event and be a part of the busiest day of the year in the Commons Park? Share your organization with the community between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm; booth space is limited and a small fee is required to reserve a spot. Booth applications and fees must be received by May 31, 2016.
Summer is right around the corner and Moraga Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of camps for all ages and interests: Coding, Bricks for Kidz, Little Medical School, Techsplosion, Sports, Science, Kindercool, (click title for full story) and more are available! Sign up today. Camp Hacienda Day Camp continues with weekly themed activities for ages five to ten. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 925-888-7036 or visit www.moragarec.com.