On Wednesday, April 27, the Moraga Town Council received a report on the cause of the sinkhole and accepted a recommendation from the Public Works Director/Town Engineer and the Town’s consultants to repair the sinkhole by removing and replacing the damaged 96-inch diameter corrugated metal pipe (CMP) with a new 96-inch diameter reinforced concrete pipe, backfilling, and reinstalling the pavement, and traffic signal.
The sinkhole collapse was (click title for full story) preceded by 8 days of rain, where water from a variety of sources found its way to the sinkhole location, eroding the soil around the 96-inch CMP and washing it into the offsets in the pipe joints, creating voids beneath the sidewalk, which eventually gave way, creating the sinkhole in its condition today.
The Town’s consultants immediately began working on the design and will finalize the plans and specifications in the coming weeks. On June 8, the Public Works Director/Town Engineer will make a recommendation to the Town Council to award a construction contract and begin construction of the repair project. Construction is anticipated to take 2 to 3 months and be completed before the beginning of the next rainy season, October 15.
The Town is still working with state and federal agencies to address possible financial assistance for the needed repairs. This update and all past updates can be found on the Town website’s dedicated Sinkhole webpage. Thank you for your continued patience.
On April 19, 2016 Governor Brown proclaimed the existence of a state of emergency, naming Contra Costa as one of eleven counties whose roads and highways were damaged by storms which created “conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property.” (click title for full story) The proclamation orders the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program. The Town’s sinkhole is included for assistance eligibility and Town staff is working with Caltrans as required by statutes to determine the extent of, and to obtain, all available funding to repair the sinkhole.
Thank you to the community for helping make the 10th annual Moraga Triathlon a success! With the help of Lamorinda CERT, volunteers, and the Moraga Police Department, the athletes and motorists were safe, even with necessary detour-related route adjustments. Each year volunteers provide invaluable assistance to ensure a smooth and efficient experience for all athletes and spectators. The feedback from participants ALWAYS mentions the smiles, cheers of encouragement, and feeling of safety throughout the race. The enthusiastic, well-trained, and responsible volunteers truly make (click title for full story) this event the best it can be. Also, a big thank you to the headlining sponsors: Village Associates Real Estate and Sutter Health for generously supporting this community event!
On August 26, 2015, Town Council approved an agreement between the Town and PG&E to upgrade all Town-owned or maintained street lights to Light Emitting Diodes (LED). On Friday, April 29, 2016, PG&E’s contractor began converting 118 street lights throughout Town and should take about a week and a half to complete the project. Residents can expect a noticeable difference in the lighting after the conversion. The new LED street lights will save the Town money in energy and maintenance costs, reduce CO2, and do not contain any lead or mercury.
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Get fit, go green, and join thousands of others in the Bay Area for the annual Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 12. The Town will be hosting an “energizer station” at Moraga Commons Park by the Lafayette-Moraga Trail, with snacks and (click title for full story) giveaways for participants. Visit the Bike to Work Day website for complete information, bike maps, and a guide to all of the day’s events!
Celebrate 10 years of the Community Faire at the Rheem Valley Shopping Center on May 14. Enjoy something for everyone; classic cars, mobile climbing wall, bounce houses, wine tasting, booth viewing, local music from Saint Mary’s College and Campolindo High School, food trucks and more. The Faire runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information (click title for full story) go to www.moragachamber.org.
Don't miss the Hacienda de las Flores Centennial Fiesta celebration on May 15, noon to 5:00 pm, 2100 Donald Drive. Step back in time, enjoy the beautiful grounds and learn about the Hacienda's rich history. Fun for all ages! Free admission, authentic Mexican food and drinks, live Mariachi Band, hourly piñata contests, tortilla making, Mexican tile painting, cupcake walks and (click title for full story) more. Limited onsite parking; shuttle available from Donald Rheem Elementary, 90 Laird Drive. Presented by the Hacienda Foundation in cooperation with Moraga Parks and Recreation.
Town Council proclaimed Sunday May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week of May 15 – 21 as Police Week in Moraga. In 1962, President Kennedy and Congress designated May 15th to honor peace officers who have given their lives in the ultimate sacrifice to the communities they serve and protect. This designation has been renewed by the President each year since 1962. The members of the Moraga Police Department are proud to serve Moraga and are appreciative of this recognition from the Town Council.
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The Moraga Community Garage Sale provides an opportunity to clean out garages, attics, storage sheds and closets, while meeting neighbors and recycling unwanted items. Town of Moraga residents are invited to hold garage sales at their homes, join with (click title for full story) neighbors to hold block sales, or organize a community group to hold a combined sale on Saturday, May 21, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. A $15.00 registration fee will provide a listing in the Community Garage Sale Guide. The Town will provide marketing for the event and the sellers keep the cash - it’s that easy!
An Ad Hoc Town Council subcommittee, consisting of Vice Mayor Trotter and Councilmember Onoda, was appointed to provide direction and to develop a cost analysis for the Inn and Restaurant concept. Council also requested additional analysis on different capital cost returns for a permanent banquet hall structure versus a tent operation for year-round events at the Hacienda. (click title for full story)
The Town Council authorized funding of up to $10,000 to support Contra Costa County’s development of a Community Choice Aggregation technical study. The County is developing the study in partnership with Moraga and several other Contra Costa cities, to study a range of options for participation in Community Choice Aggregation, which can procure alternative renewable and (click title for full story) green energy supplies while maintaining PG&E as the provider for transmission and distribution services. For more information contact Coleman Frick, Assistant Planner.
Town Council received a report on the Town-wide bicycle and pedestrian master plan currently in development which is designed to make Moraga safer and more convenient for bicyclists and pedestrians. The project consultant outlined the community outreach process to date and presented a list of proposed bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects in Moraga. The next phase of the project is development of the draft plan which will be made available for public review this summer. (click title for full story)