On April 9, the Town Council approved $287,581 for a new Council Chambers and community meeting room at 331 Rheem Boulevard. The minimal project remodel of the Town Corp Yard includes constructing a new ADA compliant restroom, a new building façade, and Spanish-style roof. The landscaping will include drought tolerant (click title for full story) grasses, naturalized boulders, a plaza, trellises and seat walls and decorative pots. The Design Review Board will consider the project on Monday, April 14, at the Library.
The Town Council reported out from their Closed Session Wednesday evening that they directed the Town Manager and Attorneys to aggressively pursue preservation of the Town trees at risk of being removed without public review on private and public property under PG&E’s Pipeline Pathway Project. The Project’s stated intention is (click title for full story) to remove trees and other landscaping and structures above and alongside PG&E’s underground gas transmission line that appears to run from the Lafayette/Moraga border on St. Mary’s Road to Moraga Road. If any resident is contacted by PG&E, please contact the Town Offices to learn about the project and the local regulations regarding the removal trees.
The Town’s Pavement Management Program Update Report released this month shows a dramatic increase in the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) from 49 to 58. The significant PCI increase is a direct result from the first of a 3-year intensive pavement repair program funded by voter approved 1-cent sales tax from Measure K. PCI is based (click title for full story) on a scale of 0 to 100 with a PCI of 0 representing failed pavement and 100 new pavement and is calculated from a visual survey quantifying seven different pavement conditions rated at three different severity levels. The report and its survey was conducted by a consultant certified by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and funded by a Pavement Management Technical Assistance Program grant that the Town garnered, and is required for Town eligibility for State grant funding.
On April 9, the Town Council considered replacing the existing community sign along Moraga Road, across from the Commons Park. One concept was recommended for a complete review by the Design Review Board (DRB). The DRB will discuss this proposed project at their May 12 meeting, develop a recommendation for the Town Council, and (click title for full story) then the Town Council will be asked to appropriate the necessary funds to complete the project.
Attention Campolindo, Camino Pablo, Carroll Ranch residents, and all Moraga motorists! On Saturday, April 26, from approximately 7:30 am to 11:00 am, Triathlon participants will be cycling and running through your residential areas as well as on Moraga Road, Canyon Road, Camino Pablo and Pinehurst. The Police Department, along with volunteers, will be monitoring and directing traffic, but there will be NO road closures. Please be patient, use caution and expect delays. (click title for full story)
The Moraga, Orinda, and Lafayette City Councils met on Monday, April 7, for their annual Tri-City meeting hosted by Moraga at Saint Mary’s College. The meeting included a presentation by Stephen Healy, Fire Chief of MOFD, who spoke about recent department changes, options for the future, and Emergency Preparedness training for the three Lamorinda Councils. Also discussed were the paving programs and development applications currently being reviewed in each of the communities. (click title for full story)
Recently the Moraga Police Department (MPD) has responded to calls at homes and businesses concerned about possible fraudulent inspectors representing PG&E. MPD’s investigation showed that PG&E has contracted with UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION CO., INC to inspect certain gas meters in Moraga and in the Lamorinda area. All inspectors wear a distinctive vest and hardhat and should have the flyer shown at left to provide upon request. Anyone with questions should call 1-800-PGE-5000 to verify the validity of an inspection. (click title for full story) As with all unknown visitors to your home or your neighbor’s home, please be sure to always ask for identification and if there are any concerns, or if it just doesn’t feel right, please call MPD dispatch at 925-284-5010 and ask to have an officer respond. If the unknown or suspicious person leaves before an officer arrives, please try to get a license plate number. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
The Parks & Recreation Department is recruiting part-time employees. Positions include Recreation Leader I and Recreation Leader II (Camp Director). Working at Camp Hacienda, the Town-run summer day camp, the Recreation Leaders will lead campers in songs, games, crafts, and more! (click title for full story) For more information please visit http://www.moraga.ca.us/dept/adminsvc/jobs.
Moraga Triathlon – Saturday, April 26. Athletes register at www.moragatri.com; if you or your group is interested in volunteering please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers receive a free event T-shirt. (click title for full story) Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – Sunday, May 4, 2:00 to 6:00 pm, live mariachi band, authentic Mexican food and drink, and activities for all ages. Visit www.haciendafoundation.org for additional information.
Moraga Community Garage Sale – Saturday, May 17, Moraga residents hold garage sales at home, Town provides marketing and sale maps. Register online, 925-888-7036 for additional information.
The Moraga Community Garage Sale gives participants a chance to clean out their garages, attics, storage sheds and closets while providing the opportunity to get acquainted with neighbors and promote responsible and sustainable practices for our environment. (click title for full story)
The Hacienda is Moraga’s beautiful community center and local venue for all special events; weddings, birthdays, team building, reunions, showers, anniversaries, retirements, corporate events and more. Tranquil and secluded, with landscaped grounds and lawns with a central patio and fountain, this historic estate is perfect for any celebration. (click title for full story) The Hacienda de las Flores and Pavilion are located at 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga. Visit www.moragahacienda.com for additional information.
At their March 3 meeting, the Planning Commission approved a General Development Plan, Vesting Tentative Map, Conditional Use Permit and Hillside Development Permit for Hetfield Estates, a 7-lot single family home subdivision on a 58.2-acre property located at the southern end of Hetfield Place. The decision included (click title for full story) removing the requirement that the developer construct the Emergency Vehicle Access road through its property toward Sanders Ranch and the reduction of three on-street parking spaces, from the eleven required two years ago as part of the project’s Conceptual Development Plan. Both of these items have been appealed by two members of the Town Council to give residents an opportunity for further analysis and community input.