What’s on the Council of Debbie Gregory this week

Posted on May 24, 2021 at 1:46 pm

There is no shortage of information for the “what’s going on in the council?” This week. Pillar.

Last week we had a long term plan and this whole process was difficult, but I really enjoyed it.

I am grateful to each submitter – the passion, depth of knowledge, and care people have for our place opened our eyes.

I wish we could please everyone. We can not.

This week’s program for councilors today includes a trade waste hearing, followed by my favorite committee – Operations – on Wednesday, and the least preferred finance and performance program on Thursday.

Also on Thursday we have a workshop on risk appetite to determine the degree of risk reduction for strategic risks.

In Operations, the Council’s submission for the proposed speed limit change must be approved. I know of people who are dissatisfied with this – submissions close on June 25th.

The next point of interest is an update on the $ 11 million the government has given the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and our Council for Cooperation on Regional Water Reforms.

The Gisborne District Council is working to improve the water supply in Ruatorea. There is no information on this on the agenda so I think this will come as a surprise.

I am pleased to see the Makorori Beach Reserve Vehicle Management proposal on this agenda. We’ve had a couple of presentations about the concerns and a couple of phone calls.

In response, the council is considering installing bollard lights between the road and reserve land to restrict access to the dunes, assuming that increased vehicle movement will contribute to the rapid deterioration of the dunes.

The staff also recommend education and warning signs and the introduction of a speed limit of 20 km, which is set out in the speed management plan.

The cost of procuring bollard and developing a reserve management plan is $ 125,000.

Removing seven Melia trees near the corner of Gray Street and Palmerston Road in town is a decision.

Trees are often a big problem for people.

The removal consideration follows pedestrian safety issues, the report said.

Small pearl-like seeds fall from the tree and can cause a skidding effect when driven over.

There have been several falls and near misses at this location. The roots of these trees also cause trip hazards, lifting pavement and collapsing curbs.

According to the report, staff were directly involved with neighboring residents and businesses, and most of the posts assisted in removing the trees.

They would be replaced by a more appropriate type.

The 2020-2022 Regional Pest Control Operations Plan is available for adoption.

The last time a plan for this was passed was in 2017.

Reading this plan, I realize that we have a lot of pests and pest plants and a work plan that is worth looking into to see if the owners can sync the work with the local council to clean up areas.

An update to the Waingake transformation program and the proposal to dissolve the Subcommittee on Managed Aquifer Studies once the study is complete are on the agenda.

It concludes with an update on the status of the township plans that had a funding boost in our LTP deliberations.

There is not much room to talk about the financial and performance agenda, which includes some information reports and two decision reports.

The first is to advance $ 378,000 in Funding Assisted Rate (FAR) reserves from Waka Kotahi to cover the local equity component for the $ 2.2 million emergency work undertaken this year.

The other decision deals with LTP amendment proposals that are to be considered separately from the LTP consultation program.

Debbie Gregory