The Rheem Boulevard Landslide Repair and Repaving project is progressing with the Rheem Boulevard road closure between Fernwood Drive and Via Barcelona planned to reopen by the end of March. Once reopened, the Town will utilize Rheem Boulevard as the primary detour route for road closures associated with the Moraga Road Resurfacing project that will repave Moraga Road between St. Mary’s Road and Draeger Drive. The Town plans to (click title for full story) take advantage of Spring Break week when school is out of session to minimize public inconvenience by closing the two-lane section of Moraga Road between St. Mary’s Road and Corliss Drive to focus on the grinding operation on Saturday, April 1 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and the paving operation on Saturday, April 8 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. For more information, please view the Press Release and Traffic Routing Plan.
Moraga Police will be conducting extra patrols and radar enforcement on the newly opened Rheem Boulevard (after March 31) and other detour routes during the Moraga Road construction in response to concerns of residents about speeding and potentially reckless drivers on these streets. Officers will be STRICTLY ENFORCING the vehicle code. Drivers should always be careful to obey speed limits and other traffic laws, especially while detours and lane closures are in effect. Please drive safely! (click title for full story)
The Saint Mary’s College (SMC) Men’s Basketball team received an invitation to the NCAA tournament, seeded #7 in the West Regional bracket played in Salt Lake City, UT. The Gaels left Moraga on March 14 with a lively send off from campus and a police escort. They won their first game 85-77 against #10 seed VCU, advancing to play #2 seed Arizona before losing 69-60. The team returned home on Sunday, March 19 with another police escort and a warm welcome from students, faculty, staff, and Town officials. A noted SMC alumnus Matthew Dellavedova, currently a professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks, was also present to welcome the team and congratulate them on a great season. (click title for full story)
The Sinkhole celebrated its one year anniversary on March 13. The community and Town not only shared birthday cake at the Sinkhole site but also shared the frustration of going through the lengthy federal emergency funding process. The Town must still receive approvals from Caltrans who administers the federal funds to bid the (click title for full story) $3.3 million repair project; otherwise, the Town will not be reimbursed for the costs. The Sinkhole is evidence of expected future challenges as the Town’s storm drain system continues to age and deteriorate. The adopted Storm Drain Master Plan identifies $26 million of needed storm drain repairs that are currently unfunded, with costs expected to increase if local storm drain funding is not secured.
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 unanimously voted to adopt an Ordinance updating Moraga’s existing cannabis regulations, including changes to address the recent California voter approval of recreational cannabis. The regulations will continue the Town’s strict limitations on cannabis sales, distribution and cultivation, allowing those activities only to the minimum extent permissible by State law. A second reading of the Ordinance will be held (click title for full story) on April 12, and, if adopted, will be effective 30 days thereafter. For more information contact Brian Horn, Associate Planner.
The Parks and Recreation Department is currently recruiting part-time employees to work at Camp Hacienda, the Town-run summer day camp. Positions include Recreation Leader I and Recreation Leader II. Leaders will engage campers with (click title for full story) songs, games, crafts, and more! For more information including applications, job descriptions, and supplemental questions, visit moraga.ca.us.
On March 15, local dignitaries were invited to the dedication of the Carr Ranch property, owned for over 100 years by the Carr family and located at the extreme southeast boundary of Moraga Town limits, at the end of Camino Pablo. The John Muir Land Trust partnered with East Bay Municipal Utility District to purchase the 604 acres of pristine land for $7M. The purchase prevents any future development of the land and will permanently protect the watershed, essential wildlife habitats, and provide open space for hiking and equestrian activities. The formal opening to the public is planned for this fall. (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.
The Town Council approved, on a 3-2 vote, a Conditional Use Permit, Design Review, Variances (for signage) and grading permit for a new Chase Bank with drive-thru ATM at Moraga Way and School Street. The item was called up after the previous Planning Commission approval by Mayor Onoda. The Council discussed the proposed project, focusing on the (click title for full story) parking and pedestrian facilities, with the majority concluding that no further modifications to the site plan were required. The Chase Bank will be the first major new commercial construction in Moraga in several years, and will provide more convenient services for Chase’s approximately 3,400 Moraga account holders.
The Draft Saint Mary’s College Campus Master Plan and Final Environmental Impact Report are available for public review, in advance of upcoming public hearings to consider their approval. All documents are available for review on (click title for full story) the project website. The Campus Master Plan outlines the College’s plan for facilities and infrastructure for approximately the next 20 years. The Master Plan does not anticipate significant growth in student numbers, with new and upgraded facilities intended to better serve the needs of its existing population. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Campus Master Plan and EIR at a Special Meeting on Monday, April 10. For additional information, contact Coleman Frick, Associate Planner.
Town Council considered a request by an Augusta Drive property owner for a refund of fees paid to the Town in conjunction with landslide-related repairs. In light of the ongoing litigation between property owners, East Bay Municipal Utility District and East Bay Regional Park District regarding last March’s landslide, the Town Council suggested a decision on the request would be premature, and that the item should be returned for reconsideration following resolution of the litigation. (click title for full story)
Town Council presented a proclamation to Jaimie Rich of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) declaring March Prescription Drug Awareness Month in Moraga, recognizing the magnitude and seriousness of prescription drug abuse issues that affect all communities. (click title for full story)