Code of Conduct
Council voted to adopt a new Code of Conduct for the new triennium. This code of conduct deals with the behaviour of elected members towards:
Each other; The Chief Executive and staff; the media; and the general public
Council Delegations Manual 2019-21
Council voted to adopt a new Delegations manual for the new triennium. This document defines the parameters for actions taken by committees, Council management and staff. It includes Elected Member appointments, financial delegations for committees, Councillors and staff, and the Delegations Register. The Delegations Register details decision-making authority which Council has delegated to enable Council to operate effectively.
Owaka Heritage Orchard
Owaka Going Forward requested an extension to the land provided in Owaka for a heritage orchard for future community use. Council agreed for Letters of Agreement to be drawn up to rent this land to Owaka Going Forward for this purpose at a peppercorn rent.
General Reserve Transfer for 2018/19
Council agreed to a surplus for 2018/19 of $28,452 being used at the discretion of the Chief Executive to employ a Responsible Camping Ranger and to trial a gravel walkway on the Balclutha stopbank for walking and cycling.
Decision to not revoke the reserve status of three parcels of land
Council previously agreed to revoke the reserve status of three pieces of surplus land so that they could be made available for sale.
In September the Property & Forestry Committee received a proposal that Council does not proceed with the revocation of reserve status for Waipahi Recreation Reserve, Gormack St Playground and Greater Taylor Park. In the case of these three pieces there are complicating factors which would make all of them difficult to subsequently sell.
At the meeting today Council decided not to proceed with the revocation of reserve status for all three pieces of land.
Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund Assessment Committee
Sport New Zealand provides Rural Travel Funding to Territorial Authorities who administer and
allocate the funding in their regions. At this meeting Council were asked to appoint the members of the fund Assessment Committee. This included two Council representatives, up to six community representatives including one local Maori representative and one Regional Sports Trust representative.
Council approved the appointment of Sharlene Conder, Sheila Bishop, Graeme Edgar, Simon Cullen and Kerry Seymour as community representatives.
Destination Toilets Update
In 2017 the consultation for “Our Place Balclutha” was completed with the community. One of the priority projects identified was for central retail area toilets. A budget of $550K was allocated for each set of Destination Toilets in Balclutha and Milton. 50% of that has been made available from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
Four designs for the Balclutha toilets by potential partners were presented to Council for consideration.
After discussion Council decided to undertake an on-the-ground assessment before making a decision on the location for the new toilets.
Council also decided to ask staff to investigate more design options to achieve the desired 'Wow!' factor.
Proposed Positions and Remuneration for Elected Members 2019-20
A report outlining positions and remuneration for Councillors in the 2019-20 triennium was tabled.
Council voted to approve the remuneration by position as presented.
Capital Projects Updates
Council received a report requesting adjusting the Annual Plan 2019/20 budget for capital works:
LED Streetlight Renewal $250,000
Commercial Meter Installation Urban Water $500,000
Milton pipeline renewals programme $390,000
Water Renewals and Minor Upgrades $320,000
Sewer Renewals and Minor Upgrades $195,000
Mt Cooee Landfill Stormwater Realignment $1,075,000
Kaitangata Hall Demolition, include demolition of Old Borough Building and replacement War Memorial (re-construction at new Community Centre) $140,000
Council received a presentation from Joanna Marsh to purchase the Old Borough building in Kaitangata with the intention of preserving the building, converting it to a residence and ultimately a B&B.
Subsequently Council agreed not to demolish the old Kaitangata Borough building and to tender to sell the building for redevelopment.
Election Boundary Changes
The recently released proposed changes to the electoral boundaries for national representation were presented to Councillors for their information. Council decided to draft a submission on the proposals. This will be approved by them on 19 December 2019 at an Extraordinary Meeting.
The period for lodging objections to the proposals closes on Friday 20 December 2019. Counter-objections can be lodged during the period 10-24 January 2020.
Contract 803 – Urban 3 Water Services Upgrades and Renewals
This contract has been awarded to Andrew Haulage 2011 Ltd for the sum of $1,174,686.18.
Contract 804 – RWS Pipe Renewal (-80mm) 2019-20
This contract has been awarded to Southern Trenching and Excavation Ltd for $525,405.83.
Contract 806 – Seal Extension – Central 2019/20
This contract has been awarded to Whitestone Contracting Ltd for the sum of $835,089.84.
Eighteen people (14 adults and 4 minors) became New Zealand citizens in a ceremony today. They were originally Malaysian, Filipino, Samoan, South African, and British.
Mr Charles Chen CHIENG Malaysian
Mr Reydintor Cortez DOMACIA Filipino
Mr Laumua IERU Samoan
Mr Peniamina LEAANA SEAOGA Samoan
Mrs Rita Langkay REEVES Filipino
Mr James Steven Patrick SLOANE South African
Mr Antonio TAAVILI Samoan
Mrs Helen Mauai AUVELE TAAVILI Samoan
Miss Belinda AUVELE Samoan
Mrs Maria Bernadette TANUVASA Samoan
Mr Mikaele TANUVASA Samoan
Mr Sannar MIKAELE TANUVASA Samoan (Minor)
Miss Mathafasue MIKAELE TANUVASA Samoan (Minor)
Mr Caleb MIKAELE TANUVASA Samoan (Minor)
Miss Esetateresitila MIKAELE TANUVASA Samoan (Minor)
Mr Liuuaina TATUPU Samoan
Mrs Lye Kuan ALEXANDER Malaysian
Mrs Wendy Elizabeth FLETT British