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Council highlights from 25 July meeting

26 Jul 2013

Council highlights from 25 July meeting

Read the agenda for Council meeting 25 July 2013(external link)

Cenotaph soldier will go on display

Thanks to a group of community minded trusts the cenotaph soldier will go on public display while the cenotaph is being repaired. This is likely to take 12 – 18 months. Council decided last month not to spend $13k to place the soldier on display. That decision was revoked now that the cost of display is being covered elsewhere. The soldier will be displayed in an aluminum and toughened glass case outside the Lawson Field Theatre. It will be easy for the public to view the unique detail that can’t be enjoyed when they soldier is on top of the cenotaph. Because Lawson Field is close to existing lighting, power and security and the foundations could be reused for a future sculpture it was confirmed as the preferred location. 

Council to ask ECT for $5m for Navigations Project

A recommendation to Council to apply to ECT for $5m for the inner harbour walkway was left to lie on the table at this week’s Council meeting after much discussion.

However at a post meeting workshop it was agreed to make the application.

Approaching ECT for a single upfront grant, rather than seeking funding for each stage, was recommended by the Governance Group as the most sensible approach to funding.

The Tairāwhiti Navigations Project is a cultural heritage trail through the Gisborne Inner Harbour area, Titirangi Reserve, and key sites throughout the district, all linked to a permanent, world class Navigations experience at Tairāwhiti Museum. Information boards will be used to take the local history of “the meeting of two cultures” to tell our stories. Judy Campbell is the project sponsor and the project manager is David Wilson who will oversee 3 project teams – Infrastructure, Regional Branding and Fundraising. Each further section of the project will need to go to Council for approval before further elements of the project are advanced.

District Licensing Agency

Decisions on all liquor licenses will be made be a District Licensing Committee after 18 December this year. Currently the District Licensing Agency, delegates responsibilities to Council staff to consider unopposed liquor licence applications. This will cease to happen from that date.

Council approved a policy this week that will guide them in the appointment of 4 or 5 committee members. Council will advertise for expressions of interest from prospective committee members next month. The Mayor will appoint the position of chairman after the election in October. Council will appoint the other members. On average 555 liquor licence applications are considered each year in this district. Committee members will receive training and be paid $408 per day; $674 per day for the committee chair. The rates of pay are set by the Ministry of Justice.

The changes have been brought about by the 2012 Sale and Supply of Liquor Act which seeks to minimise the harm caused by alcohol.

Redundancies cost $400k less than predicted

Chief executive Judy Campbell reported that the draft cost of recent redundancies is approximately $600K, well under the estimate of $1m. This is likely to be because of the number of positions disestablished that were already vacant. Judy also reported that Council’s pests and plant function is being reviewed to look at costs and alternative ways to protect our biodiversity.

Much of Council’s 1980s building has been remodelled to create more open plan working spaces. Council Chamber’s furniture has been changed to be more flexible.

Judy also reported progress on Council’s walking and cycling project. Concept plans for the Waikanae beachfront and Awapuni are likely to be available on our website next month.

Simon Kirkpatrick appointed to Patutahi Reserve Board

The Patutahi Reserve Board is a sub-committee of Council that looks after Patutahi Township facilities. The board recommended that Simon Kirkpatrick be appointed to the board to replace Lesley Ritchie who passed away in 2011. Simon joins Councillor Haisman and 6 other members.