Moraga-Orinda Fire District

Overtime costs, contract adjustments, new auditor and no board changes

Overtime costs are expected to exceed projections by about $300,000 this fiscal year, Moraga-Orinda Fire District officials learned at their last board meeting Jan. 15.

Administrative director Gloriann Sasser confirmed that overtime costs will likely reach $1.2 million as a result of overtime related to a recent staff reduction. The costs are expected to be reviewed at a midyear budget discussion Feb. 5.

The board also approved a request by Chief Stephen Healy to adjust employment contracts for the district's administrative services director and fire marshal. That approval will allow Healy to amend the contracts for salary adjustments including increases and cuts, a clause he said was inadvertently left out of their contracts.

In other news, the board agreed to spend up to $30,690 to hire Dublin-based auditing firm JJACPA for a three-year period.

A majority of directors also voted Jan. 15 not to reorganize the board, saying that current officers had not served full terms. The board reshuffled following former director Frank Sperling's resignation in May. John Wyro will remain board president, Alex Evans will continue to serve as vice president and Steve Anderson will remain board secretary.


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Director Fred Weil abstained from voting.

ORINDA

City meetings now live on Web

The city of Orinda is now live streaming council and other city government meetings on the Web.

Residents interested in viewing live and archived meetings can do so by visiting the city's website at www.cityoforinda.org. The link to the videos is on the home page.

Food drive shifts to next phase

The first phase of Orinda's "Cans for a Cause" food drive has been completed, having collected 5,582 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano -- a volume to be matched by Republic Services.

The food drive was a partnership between the City of Orinda, the Orinda School District and Republic Services.

Collection barrels were placed at two locations in City of Orinda facilities, the Orinda School District Office and at four schools. Republic had staff available to help collect the food at the designated locations and deliver directly to the food bank in North Concord.

The final phase of "Cans for a Cause" takes place Feb. 3-14 at Glorietta Elementary School in Orinda. Specially marked collection containers will be placed on campus for collection of nonperishable and shelf stable food items.

For more information, contact Aimee Stevens, food drive coordinator, at 925-570-5654 or Timothy Argenti, general manager of Republic Services, at 510-541-0066 or tim.argenti@republicservices.com.

City seeking commissioners, other volunteers

The city is still seeking volunteers to serve on a variety of commissions and committees.

Residents are needed to fill vacancies on the art in public places committee, the planning commission, parks and recreation commission, citizens' infrastructure oversight commission, traffic safety advisory committee, finance advisory committee, public works aesthetic review committee and historic landmark committee.

City liaisons are also being sought for the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging and the County Connection Citizens Advisory Committee. A trustee for the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District and a Contra Costa County Library Commission representative is also being sought. Statements of interest forms should be submitted to the city clerk's office by 5 p.m. Feb. 28.

For information, contact city clerk Michele Olsen at 925-253-4221 or molsen@cityoforinda.org.

Moraga

Moraga kindergarten registration Feb. 6 & 7

Moraga School District kindergarten registrations for the 2014-2015 school year are scheduled for Feb. 6 and 7 at Camino Pablo school, Los Perales and Donald L. Rheem Elementary schools. The registrations will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Transitional kindergarten resigistrations will also be held. Children must turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, 2014 to qualify for transitional kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year.

Parents or guardians must register children at the school of residence. School boundary information can be found on the district's web site at http://district.moraga.k12.ca.us, or call the district office at 925-376-5943.

Parents/guardians will need to verify age eligibility, residency and required immunizations. Children without verified current immunizations will be ineligible to attend school.

For information or for those unable to attend the two day registrations, call Camino Pablo school at 925-376-4435; Los Perales at 925-631-0105; Donald L. Rheem at 925-376-4441 or the district office.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards

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