Wednesday evening’s Moraga Town Council meeting could be one of those “perfect storm” meetings, with a litany of agenda items of importance to residents on the docket.
And, with Moraga being Moraga and all, some people may not be happy with what they hear.
On the agenda that evening is discussion of the closure of Rheem Blvd. – either a pitted, sloughing, crackled stretch of neglected asphalt or vital cross-town thoroughfare depending on who you talk with – in conjunction with the planned, 27-home Rancho Laguna II project. Project developers would like to close the “Boulevard of Broken Lines” for several months in order to make needed repairs and literally pave the way for the development.
The council is expected to discuss everything from signage to funding for the project, anticipated to take several months and with developers hoping to start during “grading season,” the dry months of early 2015.
Also slated is an appeal by Saint Mary’s College, which hopes it has answered neighbor’s concerns about lighting and noise pollution from a college intramural field, with the college hoping to extend hours students may use the field to 10 p.m. – which has apparently proven hard to take for neighbors living within earshot.
Neighbors contacting NEWS24-680 have expressed displeasure with the way the issue was heard and handled, both by the town and the college – which they maintain “investigated itself” and relied on its standing as the town’s landmark employer to ensure a decision favorable to the college. We’ll see.
There’s also an underground movement in town, apparently, as civic leaders hear details of a plan to underground utilities in a phased project for Moraga Road from Saint Mary’s Road to Ascot Drive. A favorite topic for those opposed to teetering, unsightly, and frequently rammed above-ground utility poles, an undergrounding effort would make it easier for the town to implement ADA-friendly pedestrian walkways and other easements the town hopes will expedite pedestrian traffic along one of its major corridors.
As if all the preceding were not enough, the council is also expected to take further input on the Hillsides and Ridgelines Project currently underway – with nothing less at stake than the future look and feel of the area’s treasured hills and ridgelines.
An interesting agenda, to say the least, with some critical issues before the council. We’ll be watching to see what comes of it. Meeting starts at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium, 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga.