Thanks to all who attended the 2013 State of the Town Address and Volunteer Recognition on Thursday, November 21. The Moraga Country Club provided the perfect setting for this grand event, with over 100 guests in attendance. (click title for full story)
Mayor Dave Trotter celebrated the Town’s accomplishments over the past year, highlighting the many successful projects and community events, as well as giving a preview of things to come. The evening ended with recognition of all Council-appointed volunteers and presentation of certificates to those whose terms ended this past year.
The Mayor’s State of the Town presentation is on the Town’s website.
Volunteer now! Moraga depends on its volunteers to serve on all of the Boards, Commissions, and Committees that require citizen involvement. (click title for full story) Please submit your completed application, questionnaire, a letter of interest and your resume to the Town Clerk’s Office, 329 Rheem Boulevard, by Friday, January 24, 2014 by 4:00 pm. There will be openings on the following committees: Audit and Finance Committee; Design Review Board; Park and Recreation Commission; Planning Commission; and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.
Please help light the tree by donating to the Buy-a-Bulb Fundraiser! (click title for full story) Donate Online or please send checks payable to the Town of Moraga, Attn: Buy-a-Bulb, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga, CA 94556. Thank you for your support throughout the season!
Leaves left in gutters will stay there until they wash into storm drains. Not only do leaves clog the gutters and storm drains, causing street flooding every year, but overloading creeks with decomposing leaves can deplete the water’s oxygen supply. Residents should be environmentally aware, bagging leaves whenever possible and never raking leaves or any lawn debris onto a paved surface or toward a storm drain. (click title for full story) Place leaves in your yard waste container which is collected weekly, or compost the leaves and use the rich nutrients to enhance your garden. Composting can be as simple as raking leaves into an isolated spot in your yard, far away from your curb or driveway, and allowing them to decompose into nutrient-rich mulch.
Every year between November 1 and February 28, burning wood, fire logs, pellets, or any other solid fuels in your fireplace, woodstove, or other wood-burning device is illegal if a Winter Spare the Air Alert has been issued. (click title for full story) On high pollution days, when particulate matter levels are anticipated to be unhealthy, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will issue a Winter Spare the Air Alert which prohibits burning throughout the Bay Area. Residents can sign up to receive automatic phone alerts by calling 1-800-430-1515. To check the Winter Spare the Air Alert status or to report wood smoke concerns, residents should call 1-877-4NO-BURN (1-877-466-2876). More information can be found at www.sparetheair.org.
On November 13, the Town Council continued the public hearing considering an appeal of a planned single family residence at 1800 Donald Drive, which was approved by the Planning Commission in April. The Council asked for clarification on how three stories are calculated relative to the Town’s height limitations; (click title for full story) the amount of soil that would be removed exclusive of the foundation and piers; and how the Town’s Zoning Code definitions of accessory structures, structures, and setbacks all relate to the residence’s proposed driveway. The Council will consider the appeal at the January 22, 2014 meeting.
The Town of Moraga is hosting a food drive to support the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Two collection barrels are in the lobby at 329 Rheem Boulevard waiting to be filled with canned foods, peanut butter or jelly (in plastic containers), powdered milk, (click title for full story) iron rich cereal and 100% fruit juice (in plastic containers) and enriched rice or pasta. If you are unable to make it to the Town Offices you can make an online donation at www.foodbankccs.org/moragafooddrive. Our goal is to collect 500 pounds of food by December 18 to help the Food Bank’s mission to feed the hungry.
The Moraga Police Officers Association (MPOA) is once again collecting new or gently used stuffed animals for the Stuffed Animals For Emergencies (S.A.F.E.) organization. Your donations will be distributed by S.A.F.E. to police, fire, and some military agencies to help children victimized by fire, natural disaster, loss of a loved one, or other trauma. (click title for full story) Collection bins will be in the lobby of the Moraga Police Department at 329 Rheem Blvd. from November 18 through January 2, 2014.
The Moraga Citizen Corps Council is a grassroots movement working to tap the collaborative spirit of the community by engaging Town government and residents to strengthen individual, organizational, and community preparedness before the next disaster strikes. The Citizen Corps Council promotes community participation in public safety and disaster preparedness efforts and encourages citizens to take active roles to prepare themselves, their families, and the community. (click title for full story) Citizen Corps Council members help to develop and review community emergency plans, conduct neighborhood outreach and education programs, provide training, participate in local emergency exercises, encourage volunteerism and, in the event of a disaster, form an important part of the response. Anyone interested in learning more about the Town of Moraga’s Citizen Corps Council, please contact Dennis Rein, Lamorinda’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or attend a Moraga Citizen Corps Council scheduled on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Hacienda de las Flores. Moraga NEEDS YOU!
At the November 13 Town Council meeting, the Council discussed continuance of the weekday Café Hacienda operation at the Hacienda de las Flores. After much discussion and community input, the Council decided to extend the current operator’s lease agreement to March 31, 2014. (click title for full story) Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and Fridays, 8:00 am to 11:30 am. Click Here for additional information!