Please attend Moraga’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Night, Tuesday, February 10, at 6:00 pm at (click title for full story) the Moraga Country Club (MCC). Honor all of the volunteers who have completed their terms on Town committees, commissions and boards and learn about the Town’s 2015 goals during a presentation by Mayor Roger Wykle. This is a great opportunity to meet and socialize with your local elected officials, fellow community members, and neighbors. Join us as we thank all of the volunteers who make Moraga so special! Email email@example.com to RSVP by February 4.
The Council created the Local Sales Tax Oversight Committee to foster a transparent review of the use of Measure K revenue. The Committee reviews the use of Measure K revenue, tracks the performance of the street paving program and prepares an independent report for the Council regarding the use of Measure K funds. The Town is recruiting candidates to serve on the Committee with expertise in (click title for full story) public sector finance and accounting; pavement management and engineering; capital project management; and public affairs and communications. Please submit your application, supplemental questionnaire, and resumé to the Town Clerk’s Office, 329 Rheem Boulevard, Moraga.
The Moraga Police Department (MPD) reports overall crime in Moraga continued to decrease in 2014 with thanks to residents and businesses for their vigilance in security awareness. The following represents a comparison of Moraga crimes reported to the California Department of Justice: (click title for full story)
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On December 12, at the Moraga Police Department (MPD) holiday party, two members were presented special awards for their excellence in 2014. Acting Corporal Tyler Olson was named Officer of the Year and Sergeant Brian South was given a special award for Leadership. Their contributions to the daily (click title for full story) operations of MPD and their overall performance supported MPD’s mission to provide excellent customer service to the community.
The Town's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ended June 30, 2014 was completed on time before December 31 and was received by the Town Council at its meeting on January 14. The Town’s assets (click title for full story) increased over the prior year; the Town’s revenues improved, in part, due to improved property tax revenues from a recovering economy; and expenses came in below budget. At the year end, the Town’s General Purpose Fund reserve was at 43.4%.
On January 14, Town Council considered the Town Advisory Committee (TAC) recommendation for the Livable Moraga Road project’s overall corridor concept and short- and long-term configurations for Moraga Road between Donald Drive and Corliss Drive. The TAC’s recommendation, developed with (click title for full story) input from the community and Town Boards and Commissions, included a modified lane configuration for this segment that would convert one of two southbound lanes into a two-way turn lane, and the addition of bike lanes, a multi-use path and sidewalks. After deliberation, including comments both for and against the recommended concept, the Council requested broader public input and directed staff to explore survey options and to return with a recommendation.
On January 14, the Town Council introduced an ordinance to add Chapter 8.176, Historic Preservation, to the Moraga Municipal Code. The ordinance includes definitions, procedures and criteria for nomination and designation of historical landmarks, and incentives to be offered to (click title for full story) the owners of designated landmarks to support the preservation, maintenance and appropriate rehabilitation of those resources. The ordinance allows the Town to designate a historic landmark, based on appropriate study and findings, without the consent of the property owner, if necessary. The ordinance will return for adoption and a second reading at a meeting in the near future.
At its meeting on January 14, the Town Council targeted a General Purpose Fund reserve policy of 50% of annual expenditures. In addition, as a mechanism to set aside needed funds for the expected replacement of assets such as roofs, building components, traffic signals, vehicles, etc., the policy was updated to require (click title for full story) surplus monies above the 50% target transferred to the Asset Replacement Fund to be used for asset replacement needs.
A presentation was made at the January 14 Town Council meeting to provide an update on the Storm Drain Master Plan (SDMP) project. To date, the project has mapped the Town’s storm drain system and provided condition assessment and televising on a sample of the Town’s pipelines. Candidate streets for the upcoming 2015 Pavement Repair project were further studied with a determination (click title for full story) to repair underlying damaged pipelines as part of the paving project to prevent cutting into newly paved roads. The last steps are to study the creeks and their culverts; to develop a hydrology and hydraulics model of the Town’s storm drain system; and to develop capital costs for improvements as shown at SDMP presentation.
Welcome Sierra Campagna, the new Interim Community Library Manager of the Moraga Library. Sierra comes to Moraga from the Dougherty Station Library in San Ramon, where she provided services to both the public and college students at the joint-use facility. Sierra intends to do wonderful things at the Moraga Library, so please stop by and (click title for full story) introduce yourself. Many thanks to Andrea Freyler and Lea Stone, who managed the Library before Sierra arrived.