Thursday, 26 July 2007

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board column

Community Clean-up Days

As reported in last month's newsletter, the 18 June 2007
Infrastructure Services Committee resolved to charge for use of the
skips on Clean-up Days.

At the City Council meeting on 9 July 2007 this decision of the
Infrastructures Services was delayed to allow Community Boards the
opportunity to provide comment. The issue of charging is to be
discussed at the Board's meeting on 25 July 2007.

Also for discussion is the possibility of underwriting (through our
discretionary fund) the hire cost of a commercial-grade mulcher, with
the view to having this available at the October Clean-up Days. The
intention would be that any mulch created would be used within the
Warrington Reserve, it would therefore be important that the mulch did
not contain any invasive weeds. Any decision on this initiative will
be reported in the August report.

Northern Water Schemes

Staff intend to issue tenders early August 2007: it is anticipated
that award of contract will occur early in October. This project
currently targets commissioning for Waitati in March 2008, Warrington
June /July 2008, and Karitane October 2008. Commissioning of the
upgraded Waikouaiti treatment plant is programmed for October 2008.

Transit road closures

The recent spell of bad weather has highlighted issues with
notification of road closures for the Northern Motorway. In particular
substantial delays in updating Transit's automated telephone condition
report information, and overloading of the same. Transit's local
staff are disappointed about the system's performance and are seeking
improvements to the service levels.

Community Plan

At our 25 July Meeting the Board is to consider issuing the Draft
Community Plan for comment.

Other programmes underway

Staff are continuing to work on the following projects and programmes:
• Pedestrian facilities/Safe Walking Spaces
• Rural Road Safety
• Blueskin Bay Library Upgrade
• Proposed Rural Landscape Plan Change

Local Government Elections

Nominations for the October 2007 elections open on the 27 July and
close on the 24 August. The DCC are holding an information evening at
the Skeggs Gallery, Municipal Chambers in Dunedin on Monday 6 August
2007 at 7.00pm. I strongly urge members of the community to consider
standing for the Community Board, City Council, Regional Council or
District Health Board.

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.

by Gerard Collings
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

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