Council to tackle manufactured housing; private batting cage appeal
Officials are scheduled to hear Monday an update of laws regulating modular, manufactured and mobile housing in the city.
Staffers are proposing an amendment to existing code that will bring the city's rules into state compliance. They will introduce the changes and hear public comment; adoption of the updated ordinance is scheduled for Aug. 12.
City leaders will also vote on whether to deny an appeal of a planning commission ruling allowing a batting cage at a private residence. The cage has sparked a battle between the owners of the practice space and a neighbor who has complained about excessive noise and the lack of permits for its construction. In June, the council told the owners to construct a sound wall around the cage. Another sound analysis has also been conducted.
The council will hear the matter at a meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center.
Council, planning commission summer recess
The town council is taking a summer recess and will not be meeting on July 24 and August 14. The council will hold its next meeting August 28.
The Moraga planning commission will also hold a recess in August and will not meet. The August 12 Design Review Board meeting has also been canceled. The planning commission will resume meeting in September.
MORAGA-ORINDA FIRE DISTRICT
Healy named interim chief
Operations Division Chief Stephen Healy has been named interim fire chief following the departure of former fire chief Randy Bradley.
Directors unanimously voted Monday to appoint Healy, and agreed to hire a consultant to help them search for a new fire chief. They did not discuss how much the district plans to budget for such an expense.
Healy began his fire service career in Southern California. He joined MOFD in 2006 as a Battalion Chief and spent two years in the EMS and training divisions before leading the personnel division. He has been Division Chief of Operations for two years. The 45-year-old interim chief previously served as a firefighter-paramedic and captain with the Salinas Fire Department. Healy said his goals include firefighter safety, economic sustainability and maintaining or improving service delivery.
Directors greenlight filling board vacancy
A majority of directors approved this week filling a vacant board seat by appointing a new director rather than calling for an election.
Directors Stephen Anderson, Vice President Alex Evans and president John Wyro have decided to interview three candidates for the seat left vacant by Frank Sperling, who oversaw Moraga as the director representing Division 1. Director Fred Weil has opposed the appointment, arguing it disenfranchises voters in Division 1. Weil is the only director on the board from Moraga and the other directors live in Orinda. He also voiced concerns that the vacancy was not widely publicized.
The applicants are former MOFD public information officer Bob Bratton; Alameda County deputy District Attorney Kathleen Famulener and Nathan Bell, CEO of Richmond-based ContainerTrac, Inc. All are residents of Moraga. Applicant interviews are scheduled for July 22. The board must appoint a director by that date or call for an election that could cost the district $37,000. If they fail to do either, county supervisors will appoint a director.
-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards
District awarded SAFER grant
MOFD has been awarded a $1.15 million hiring grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The "Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response," or SAFER grant, is awarded to fire departments and other firefighting organizations to increase trained, "front line" firefighter staffing and comply with national fire protection standards.
The grant application was authored by Battalion Chief Jerry Lee.
Local leads national convention
A Walnut Creek resident and president of The Blue Star Mothers of America will lead the group's annual convention in San Francisco. In its 71st year the convention will be held Aug. 13-17 at the Marines' Memorial Club in San Francisco.
Pat Soler said, in a news release, that she expects 150 members who represent 220 chapters of the troop supporting group from around the country.
A full day-and-a-half will be allocated to educational seminars. The keynote speech will be from retired Marine Corps Reserve Col. William E. Peacock, who also served in a civilian capacity as the assistant secretary of the army for manpower and reserve affairs.
The Blue Star Moms is the oldest national support group for mothers with sons and daughters serving in military.
Looking for 1973 Del Valle graduates
Back in the day there was a Del Valle High School in Walnut Creek. And Class of 1973, it's time for your 40-year reunion.
Organizers want to make sure all their former classmates make it to the party to celebrate the now shuttered high school. The reunion will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Concord Hilton. Ticket information and details available at www.delvalle73.org. For questions e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or write: Del Valle 40 Year Reunion, P.O. Box 309, San Geronimo, CA 94963
-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards