The Parks and Recreation Department is currently recruiting seasonal part-time Recreation Leaders. Lead campers as they travel “Back to the Future” with themed weeks of time-travel programming. Positions include Recreation Leader I and Recreation Leader II (Camp Director). Working at Camp Hacienda, the Town-run summer camp, (click title for full story) Recreation Leaders will have a great time leading campers, ages 5 to 10, in songs, games, crafts and field trips while learning life-skills that will be invaluable as they enter adulthood. To become a part of the Camp Hacienda team, visit Town's Employment Opportunities page.
Moraga Triathlon – Saturday, April 25, Beginner or experienced triathletes can register for this great “sprint-distance” fitness event (click title for full story) at www.moragatri.com. Age categories are 5 to 7, 8 to 11 and 12 and Up. Fees increase April 1, so register to participate NOW! Volunteers receive a free event T-shirt and are needed in the swim/transition/registration areas, at the finish line, and as course monitors for the run and bike portions. Individuals or groups interested in volunteering please email email@example.com.
The Town Council discussed potential development of regulations or guidelines to address the operation of small wineries located in Moraga’s residential zones. The Council listened to feedback from residents, growers and local winemakers, and directed staff to continue to work closely with stakeholders to explore (click title for full story) appropriate ways to ensure these operations remain “good neighbors,” while allowing the up-and-coming wine-growing and wine-making community to thrive.
The Town Council studied a request from Adventure Day Camp for a use permit fee waiver to establish a recreational facility at 1161 Larch Avenue, site of the former Moraga Tennis and Swim Club. They also considered a proposal to amend (click title for full story) the text of the Zoning Code that only allows “nonprofit” recreational facilities in MOSO zones. The Town Council directed staff to return with additional information on the MOSO regulations that relate to the zoning change for discussion at a future meeting. For more information, email Brian Horn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town Council supported an application for Contra Costa County Park Dedication funds in the amount of $80,900 for the park area in front of the future Council Chambers/Community Meeting Room on Rheem Boulevard. The design, as approved by the Design Review Board, features a (click title for full story) pedestrian plaza for the public to congregate, a series of seat walls, bike racks, and landscape features such as a functioning and educational stormwater bio-retention facility.
The Town Council conducted a public hearing and approved updates to the Master Fee Schedule. The updates include a new fee to reflect the application process for the adopted historic preservation ordinance, updated fee structure for usage of the new electronic sign, and updates to hourly rates for public works services. The updated fees will go into effect on May 25. (click title for full story)
On March 19, Saint Mary’s College (SMC) President James Donahue rekindled a long tradition by hosting a Town and Gown breakfast meeting for selected SMC staff, Town Councilmembers, the Town Manager and Town staff, the Moraga School District Superintendent and a representative of the Moraga Chamber of Commerce. The meeting provided an (click title for full story) enjoyable and relaxed setting to meet and build personal relationships to help achieve common goals. The meeting concluded with President Donahue’s expressed desire to keep the Town and Gown breakfast meeting tradition alive.
During April the Pavilion grounds at the Hacienda de las Flores will have new turf, irrigation, and drainage installed. The new turf will drain better, use less water, require less continuous maintenance and provide added protection against rodents. (click title for full story)
Two opportunities for individual and group volunteers to beautify Moraga from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. At the Moraga Commons Park, please wear painting clothes and be ready to spruce up the Town’s beautiful park system. At Mulholland Open Space Preserve, meet at the open space gate on Donald Drive and be ready to remove weeds. (click title for full story)
On March 11, the Town Council was informed of an upcoming project to repair a portion of Rheem Boulevard, between Fay Hill Reservoir Road and Fernwood Drive, as a part of the Rancho Laguna II development. The repair work will require road closure for the entire construction period, anticipated to be (click title for full story) four to six months, likely beginning spring/summer 2015. When the start date is approved, the Town will provide noticing and outreach to residents and commuters.
Town Council provided direction on topics for discussion in the (click title for full story) Hillside and Ridgeline Project’s next phase, including definitions used in existing hillside and ridgeline regulations, slope calculations, allowable development types, viewshed protection, “high risk” area mapping, and home sizes on hillside parcels. Direction was also given to increase the number of public meetings and forums for community input. Staff will return with a detailed scope of work at a future Council meeting, with work on the project to resume this spring.
This summer, Moraga residents can receive a no-cost energy and water conservation service thanks to PG&E, the Town of Moraga, and EBMUD. Rising Sun Energy Center trains and employs local youth from ages 15 to 22 to become ‘Energy Specialists’ who serve their Town’s residents with (click title for full story) Green House Calls (GHC). GHCs will take place July 1 through August 6. Call 510-665-1501 ext. 5 to schedule an appointment or sign up online at Rising Sun Energy.