, 2023-01-03 21:09:39,
|Published January 4th, 2023
|Outgoing mayor looks back at the town’s 2022 goals and priorities
|By Vera Kochan
Outgoing Mayor Steve Woehleke presented his list of 16 town goals and priorities for the year of 2022 that have either been accomplished or are in the process of completion. His slide show presentation during the town council’s Dec. 14 meeting served as a reminder of last year’s full plate of projects.
Number one on the list was to “efficiently sustain core operations and services of the town, maintain fiscal discipline, and continue to position the Town for long-term fiscal sustainability and operational efficiency.” The town adopted a balanced Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget; had successful labor agreements; reduced Hacienda de las Flores operating costs; had an $11.3 million balanced budget adopted with $13.6 million Capital Improvement Projects; and received $2.25 million in one-time developer fees, just to name a few.
Another top priority was to continue the general plan update and the 6th Cycle Housing Element with implementing corresponding rezoning, objective standards, and revisions to the planned development process. Much has also been accomplished through community engagement via workshops, surveys, pop-up events, town website/social media, and other forms of outreach.
The new Canyon Road Bridge has been reopened with a secured $10.5 million in federal and $400,000 in regional funding; and the three-year “Worst First” residential street repairs are underway. New traffic safety striping and signage at key locations is also a priority.
Continued implementation of the Storm Drain System Operations and Maintenance Program along with undertaking needed storm drain CIP will keep the public works department busy into 2023.
The town allocated American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds toward high priority needs, such as storm drains, financing new town software, and small business grants.
Moraga continues to “maintain and improve public safety with high-quality police and emergency response services,” and “coordination with MOFD on fire safety, and with Moraga schools on student well-being.” The hiring of new police officers; banning the sale of flavored tobacco within town; and conducting virtual…
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