Friday, 22 June 2007

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

Community Clean-up Days

At our April Board meeting the Board supported the continuation of the
Community Clean Up Days, suggesting that green waste is separated out
from solid waste and other sorting opportunities are explored.
A report from staff was provided to the 18 June 2007 Infrastructure
Services Committee in response to resolutions passed at the
Infrastructure Services meeting held on 20 November 2006.
The report advised that there was a clear desire from affected
community boards that clean-up days be continued but further advised
that providing the service for free was contrary to the New Zealand
Waste Strategy and Council's own Resource Recovery and Waste
Management Strategy. The report recommended that users were charged
for clean-up days in the 2007/08 financial year, with charges being
the same as those applied at the landfills and transfer stations and
that the situation be reviewed at the end of the year. Staff were
asked about recycling options. They advised that they had not been
included at this stage but could form part of the review at the end of
the financial year.

The Infrastructure Services Committee resolved to continue clean up
days but at those rates that are applied for general solid waste at
the landfills and transfer stations:
• cars $12.00
• Station wagons $20.00
• Cars with trailers, vans and utes $30.00

At the time of writing this resolution has not been endorsed by
Council. I am extremely disappointed that the committee has passed
this resolution without providing the opportunity for comment on the
proposed charging from either the Community Board or the affected
communities. I will be discussing this directly with Councillors.
The resolution will be discussed formally at our next Board meeting. I
ask that you contact a Board member to express your views.

Northern Water Schemes

Registrations of interest from potential contractors closed on the
16th of April. The registration of interest have been reviewed by
staff which resulted in four contractors who will be invited to submit
tenders. Staff continue to finalise design specifications and Tender
documents and are targeting tender award in August 2007. This project
currently targets commissioning for Waitati in March 2008 and
Warrington in June /July 2008.

Questionnaire

The Board received a summary of the questionnaire at our June meeting.
This will be available at our local libraries and through the DCC
website, a copy will also be provided to the editors of the Blueskin
News and the POWA newsletter. This information will be taken into
consideration when reviewing our Draft Community Plan in late July
2007.

Blueskin Bay Library Upgrade

The community steering group have been progressing this project and
have recently approached Council to endorse staff finalizing plans and
providing sufficient funds to allow a quantity surveyor to provide
detailed estimates, this additional work has been endorsed by the
Community Development Committee. This additional work will assist the
group in formulating a funding strategy for the proposal.

Funding Request

At our June meeting the Board approved a funding application from The
Waitati School PTA for an up coming function; we wish the school well
with this event.

Other ongoing projects

The Board is still working on Seal Extensions, Pedestrian
facilities/Safe Walking Spaces, Rural Road Safety and the Proposed
Rural Landscape Plan Change.

Finally just a reminder if you have any issues you wish to raise with
the Board please feel free to contact any Board member directly.

Gerard Collings
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

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