The Town of Moraga will be reopening Rheem Boulevard between Moraga Road and St. Mary's Road by the end of the month, and closing Moraga Road between Corliss Drive and St. Mary's Road on the first Saturdays in April. For the complete details and dates, please (click title for full story) read the press release (click here). Thank you for your patience with our continuing efforts to improve our roads.
Introducing the inaugural Moraga Leisure Sport Triathlon on Saturday, May 27, 2017; a fun alternative to the traditional triathlon! Teams of four will participate and compete in Bocce Ball, Cornhole, and Disc Golf. The event starts at 11:00 am, with teams rotating between the three activities throughout the day and ending around 3:00 pm. Participants will (click title for full story) receive an event t-shirt, a commemorative item, catered BBQ lunch, and a trophy for the winning team. The fee is $160 per team with a minimum of 12 teams needed, and a maximum of 24 teams allowed. Registration ends May 8, so follow the link to register a team.
Town Council proclaimed March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross responds to disasters providing shelter, food, and emotional support to those affected; collects nearly 40% of the nation’s blood supply; provides 24-hour support to military members, veterans and their families; and teaches lifesaving skills such as CPR to millions. Ken Tom, a long-time Red Cross volunteer, received the proclamation. (click title for full story)
Town Council presented Certificates of Appreciation to outgoing volunteers of the Local Sales Tax Oversight Committee, Angela Seitz – 4 years, and the Design Review Board, Ramona Escano-Thompson – 6 years and Karl Davis – 1 year. The success of the Town is largely due to those who volunteer their time and energy toward making Moraga a better place to live, work and play. (click title for full story)
Please support the Moraga Youth Involvement Committee (MYIC) from Sunday, March 19 to Saturday, March 25 by Dining out at the (click title for full story) Moraga Mountain Mike’s Pizza. Please mention Moraga Youth Fundraiser when ordering (dine in/take out/pick up/online) and Mountain Mike’s will donate 20% of the purchase amount to MYIC. For online orders, put Moraga Youth Fundraiser in the extra information box. Purchases made without a coupon or promotion code will support the MYIC’s community service projects. The MYIC provides Moraga youth with opportunities for civic involvement, assisting in community activities and services. Please eat at Mountain Mike’s during the week of March 19 to March 25 to support MYIC.
The Northern California chapter of the American Public Works Association honored Moraga, Lafayette and Orinda with the “Project of the Year” award in the Transportation category for Small Cities/Rural Communities for the “Lamorinda Paving Partnership.” For the first time, the three cities worked together combining pavement projects to bid out which reduced administrative costs, lowered bid prices due to increased quantities and leveraged limited funds. All three cities were committed (click title for full story)
to reducing environmental impacts through the use of recycled tires in rubberized cape seals and the reuse of existing asphalt in full-depth reclamation treatments. Environmental benefits included reducing greenhouse gasses, recycling material in-place, diverting used tires from landfills, reducing truck trips and reducing construction traffic. (L to R: Larry Theis, Orinda Public Works Director, KC Bowman, Moraga Assistant Engineer, Matt Luttropp, Lafayette Senior Engineer, Edric Kwan, Moraga Public Works Director.)
The Town Council formally adopted (click title for full story) a list of goals including seven primary goals and eight ongoing, carryover and work program objectives. Additionally, Council directed staff to study a community request for Regulation of Safe Firearm Storage and Home-Based Firearm Dealer Ordinances.
Council discussed and accepted the Town Manager’s (click title for full story) monthly update report on issues created by the March 2016 landslide below Augusta Drive. EBMUD, who owns much of the involved property, has maintained they are not responsible for the landslide damage or for repairing the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail, which they estimate will remain closed for at least another two years.
A pedestrian was recently struck and injured by a vehicle in a crosswalk on Moraga Road. Town Council also heard complaints about drivers not obeying the direction of school crossing guards and descriptions of near-miss collisions and safety violations. As a reminder, all drivers are required to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and to obey the direction of official crossing guards, who are there to protect children. Moraga Police will be focusing their enforcement efforts on these violations throughout Town and especially near schools. Please call MPD with any questions at 925-888-7049. (click title for full story)
Firearms safety is everyone’s responsibility. All firearms should be safely stored in locked containers or with gun locks and should not be accessible to children. Children should be taught not to touch and to notify adults if they see an unattended firearm. The Moraga Police Department (MPD) offers free gun locks, available from any officer or at MPD’s front counter. MPD will also dispose of any unwanted firearms at no charge. Call MPD at 925-888-7055 for more information. (click title for full story)
Based upon a review of 84% of Measure K receipts, the Local Sales Tax Oversight Committee’s FY 2015/16 Annual Report to the Town affirmed that Measure K funds were properly tracked, reported and monitored, and that expenditures were consistent with, and in support of, Measure K goals. Measure K, a local one-cent Transaction and Use Tax (sales tax) dedicated for street improvements and repairs, was approved by voters in 2012. As a result of work funded by the additional tax, the Town’s Pavement Condition Index has increased from 49 to 70. (click title for full story)
The Local Sales Tax Oversight Committee reviews audits and tracks the performance of the paving programs and services to prepare an annual independent report for the Council regarding the use of Measure K funds. The Town is currently recruiting candidates to serve two-year terms on the Committee. Candidates with expertise in (click title for full story) finance and accounting (preferably public sector finance); pavement management and engineering; capital project management; or public affairs and communications are being sought. Please visit the Town website for the LSTOC application packet to submit to the Town Clerk’s Office, 329 Rheem Boulevard, or email to Town Clerk.