The Moraga Town Council will develop the community’s goals and priorities for 2017 under the leadership of newly-elected Mayor Teresa Onoda on Thursday, January 26, at 6:00 pm, at the Council Chambers, 335 Rheem Boulevard. Mayor Onoda’s proposed goals will be discussed with the Council and the community and the public is invited to attend and comment on the proposed goals. (click title for full story)
The Town Council will discuss and set goals for 2017 on Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 pm. in the Council Chambers at 335 Rheem Blvd. Mayor Onoda has developed four goals for Council consideration that she feels are both realistic and achievable. The Mayor’s goals for 2017 are: (click title for full story)
1) Complete Sinkhole Repairs, Restoring Retail Activity and Traffic Flow Back to Normal;
2) Have Development in Moraga Reflect the Sentiment of the Town’s Citizens by: A) Studying and Implementing Improvements to the Three Step Planned Development Process with Emphasis on Defining the “Conceptual” Stage, B) Seeking Town Council Approval and Implementing Rules that Govern Development on Hillsides and Ridgelines, C) Ensuring Disciplined Application of the Town’s Design Guidelines by Thoughtfully Sorting Out Clear and Workable Standards To Be Enforced Through Ordinances;
3) Stimulate and Attract Retail Activity in Moraga by Improving the Permitting Process for Moraga Businesses and Work With the Chamber of Commerce to Make Shopping in Moraga a Pleasurable Activity; and
4) Complete Successful Negotiation of Labor Agreements with All Employee Bargaining Units.
The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the Town’s goal setting process.
Moraga depends on volunteers to serve on all of its Boards, Committees, and Commissions. In 2017, there will be vacancies on (click title for full story) the Audit and Finance Committee (2 openings), Design Review Board (2 openings), Local Sales Tax Oversight Committee (4 openings), Park and Recreation Commission (4 openings) and Planning Commission (4 openings). If Interested please visit the Moraga website to complete an application packet to submit to the Town Clerk’s Office, 329 Rheem Boulevard, or email to Town Clerk by 5:00 pm on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
On December 29, Mayor Dave Trotter fell on the stairs at the Town Offices, seriously injuring both knees. His injuries required surgery that was successfully performed, but now requires a lengthy rehabilitation period. It is anticipated that his physical condition will prevent him from attending Council meetings and other board and committee meetings for several weeks. Out of deep respect for the important business of the Town Council, he resigned his position as Mayor and plans to continue attending all meetings and representing the Town as a Councilmember via teleconference. (click title for full story)
As a result of the resignation of Dave Trotter as Mayor, the Town Council elected a new Mayor at the January 11 regular Town Council meeting. Vice Mayor Teresa Onoda was elected as Mayor and the Council then elected Councilmember Roger Wykle as Vice Mayor. Both votes were unanimous, including the votes of Dave Trotter, who participated via teleconference from his location at Moraga Post-Acute, across the street from the Council Chambers. (click title for full story)
On Monday, January 23, 2017 the Moraga Library at 1500 St. Mary's Rd. will be treated for the control of Field Roaches. If you have any questions, please contact ATCO Pest Control 925-839-9222. (click title for full story)
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Town Council received a presentation from Contra Costa County staff regarding a Draft Technical Study of Community Choice Energy opportunities in the County. The study and (click title for full story) an online survey are posted on the County website. Residents are invited to review and comment on the draft study through January 31, 2017. County staff will return to the Council at a later date for further discussion on energy opportunities available to the Town and residents.
Town Council conducted a public hearing and adopted the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Canyon Road Bridge Replacement project, prepared in accordance with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). (click title for full story)
Town Council adopted the Moraga Commons Park Site Specific Master Plan. High priority projects for the park include Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, additional bocce ball courts, and a new All-Access Playground. The next step will be for staff to further develop these high priority projects for Park and Recreation Commission and Town Council consideration during the annual budget discussions. (click title for full story)
Town Council adopted a resolution authorizing the extension of an existing professional services contract for Wood Biological Consulting, Inc. The contract extension allows for ongoing required biological monitoring services to be performed for the Bella Vista Subdivision (formerly Rancho Laguna II), as required in conformance with CEQA mitigation measures and conditions of approval specified for the project. All costs of the contract will be funded by the project applicant. (click title for full story)
Public Works has been diligently responding around the clock to the storm-related damage throughout the Town. Crews have been and are continuing to remove landslide debris at 1) Moraga Road north of Rheem Boulevard; 2) Bollinger Canyon Road south of Joseph Drive; 3) Mulholland open space near the end of Lynwood Place; and 4) other lesser impacted areas. They have also been clearing blocked storm drain inlets so that localized roadway flooding can subside and have removed downed trees such as the one on St. Andrews Drive as depicted in the pictures. Please contact the Public Works Department at 925-888-7026 to report other storm-related issues unless it is an emergency, then call 911 or Police Dispatch at 925-284-5010.
Moraga Police responded to a number of (click title for full story) storm-related incidents this past week, including: downed trees that closed roads and hit a house; an extended power outage at the Police Department; and hazardous road conditions with standing water on them, making driving conditions extremely unsafe. As always, but more so during stormy weather, drivers should reduce their speeds and drive defensively, watching for other drivers who may lose control on the wet pavement.
On January 9, the Planning Commission recommended approval of a set of focused amendments to the Town’s Zoning Ordinance (Title 8 of the Moraga Municipal Code), intended to improve the clarity and interpretability of certain sections of the zoning regulations. The proposed minor amendments are related to nonconforming land uses, buildings and lots; regulations for accessory buildings and structures on residential properties; and definitions of various terms used in the zoning code that are related to these topics. (click title for full story) The Town Council will consider adoption of an ordinance enacting these code amendments in February. For more information, contact Holly Pearson, Senior Planner.
To ensure efficient water flow through the Town’s storm drain system, it is essential that property owners maintain storm drains, gutters, creeks and ditches that run through their properties and in the public roadway fronting their properties. Clearing debris and removing any obstructions that could impede the flow of water will help water flow easily into creeks and reservoirs. Blocked storm drains, gutters, ditches and driveway underdrains increase the chance of localized flooding, which occurs when (click title for full story) storm waters cannot flow into the drain system. This creates several negative effects, including neighboring property damage and roadway hazards that may incur civil liability. Please make the effort to inspect and maintain your storm drainage during this rainy season.
Each January, Contra Costa’s Homeless Continuum of Care conducts a comprehensive point-in-time count of families and individuals experiencing homelessness, including people sleeping in emergency shelters, transitional housing, cars, abandoned properties, or in other places not meant for human habitation. It provides a one-day snapshot of homelessness and includes data about (click title for full story) families, youth, chronically homeless, veterans, as well as gender, ethnicity, and race. Volunteers to help conduct surveys are needed on January 26 and 27. For more information, contact Jaime Jenett or call 925-313-7720.
The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) was released on January 6, 2017, for the Bollinger Valley project, a proposed residential development consisting of up to 126 detached single family homes on lots ranging from 15,000 to 40,000 square feet. The FEIR includes formal responses to all comments on the Draft EIR, as well as changes to the Draft EIR resulting from those comments. The Moraga Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the Bollinger Valley Project and FEIR on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers. (click title for full story)
Pacific Gas and Electric has completed their gas line work at the intersection of Rheem Boulevard and Center Street. The work involved replacing a portion of the 4 inch steel gas line damaged by the sinkhole. PG&E will have their trenches repaved in the coming weeks as weather allows. The sinkhole has been winterized with a liner and several temporary drainage features to control surface water entering the area. The Town continues to work with Caltrans towards a permanent repair during the summer of 2017. (click title for full story)