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The major works planned during April / May are: Broadway – Follett/Signal Streets: work being done includes replacing wa...
The major works planned during April / May are:
Broadway – Follett/Signal Streets: work being done includes replacing water reticulation, kerbs, crossing and installing ducting for Ultrafast Broadband Services (UFB). Work on the west side is largely complete and the east side is due to start in mid-April. During construction the number of car parks will be reduced. There will be minor delays to traffic using Broadway.
Jeffersons Line: pavement work is being undertaken so expect minor delays.
Galpins Roa: pavement work has nearly been completed but some minor delays are still expected.
Mangatipona Road: work on this road is now complete.
In March the Centennial Park skatepark steering group held a design session with local skatepark uses to map out what th...
In March the Centennial Park skatepark steering group held a design session with local skatepark uses to map out what the new park extension will look like.
Around 20 skatepark users showed up to help design their new facility. Richard Smith (designer) and Angus McMillan (builder) facilitated the workshop which resulted in some outstanding features for the new extension. Richard has designed many well know skateparks, Palmerston North was one of his most recent.
Thanks to everyone that made this workshop such a success. The steering group will be holding an open day at the park mid-April so wider comment on the design can be sort.
The Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulation 2016 requires the Council to have an Asbestos Management Plan in p...
The Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulation 2016 requires the Council to have an Asbestos Management Plan in place for all Council workplaces by 4 April 2018.
The Council assumes all RDC sites may contain asbestos and care is needed when contractors undertake work on these sites. As a result, you will soon see a warning sign at the front of our buildings.
The Council has begun to survey buildings that have high public usage, have scheduled works and may be needing repair. Our aim is to have this completed by mid 2019.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a common term describing a variety of naturally occurring silicate minerals. It was a popular building material up until the 1990s because of its exceptional insulating, fire-resistant and reinforcing properties. It was used in a range of products including fibrolite, asbestos cement cladding, some textured ceiling finishes, and as a backing on some older vinyl flooring.
The presence of asbestos itself is not itself a risk Left undisturbed, it is safe – but if it is exposed or damaged, it can be harmful.
How is asbestos managed?
As part of maintaining our properties to keep them healthy and safe for users, our contractors will from time to time need to carry out repairs and maintenance work, which can include replacing, removing or encapsulating (sealing) asbestos material on site.
There are regulations and codes of practice in place governing the safe removal and management of asbestos in New Zealand. Our qualified contractors have policies and safe work procedures they must follow when working with products containing asbestos.
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Marton Scope of works: Identify, recommend and address ongoing flooding issues in Marton township. Following stormwater...
Scope of works:
Identify, recommend and address ongoing flooding issues in Marton township. Following stormwater modelling, the following stormwater hotspots have been identified:
Stormwater Renewals (Skermans Line, Milne Street & Grey St)
Scope of works:
Address flooding issues on the intersection by installing manhole structure, laying of large stormwater pipe and landscaping.
Scope of works:
The existing 450mm diameter stormwater main from 2-17 Milne Street, Marton has been identified as being very poor, so the entire length (127m) of stormwater main will be replaced.
Grey Street (Armco Culvert)
The joints on both sides have corrosion.
Scope of works:
32-37 Grey St. 750 mm Armco culvert parallel to road, in need of repair or replacement (identified from CCTV). Total length of asset 37 m.
Taihape – Stormwater Renewal of Missel Street
Scope of works:
Abandon the existing main running through private property at 3 Missel Street and relocate the main into road reserve on Missel Street and Thrush Street, linking into the existing system on either Thrush Street or Kaka Street.
Welcome to the first Parks update of the year, with the recent bad weather it has given us a warning that winter is gett...
Welcome to the first Parks update of the year, with the recent bad weather it has given us a warning that winter is getting close.
It’s been a busy few months in the districts parks, seeing a large number of events being held on the parks in Taihape and Marton. The parks have held up very well during these events and are in top condition heading into the winter sporting season. The parks team enjoy getting the parks in top condition for our regions events and working alongside the organisers to help out if requested.
ANZAC days falls within the large events category for us and one of the most important days in the year in our parks, town centres and cemeteries. The build-up to ANZAC day for us is one that the team takes a lot of pride in. We work closely with the regions RSA’s to ensure lawns are mown before the installation of crosses and any other items they require are addressed. The build-up also sees painting of furniture, cleaning of our memorials, installation of new flower plants, water blasting paving etc.
For the parks team winter gives us a break from the regular maintenance work we do and allows us to focus on more interesting aspects of our work. This winter will see the greatest number of plants planted by the Council in our district for many years. These plantings will range from a large regeneration project to new street trees in most towns.
Marton B and C Dams
In December I wrote about the harvest of the pine trees at Marton Dams, these have now been felled and work to restore this site to a natural state has commenced.
Once the pines were removed a large amount of blackberry that had been slow growing under the pines has now sprung into life. We commenced a control program of this invasive weed in a number of areas, however due to the pending plants dormancy it is getting difficult to control and we have now stopped our spraying. Spring will see this plant bolt back into growth and we will need to be ready to ensure new plantings and regeneration of bush is not quickly smothered.
Other items that are in progress on site are silt control measures so that any heavy rain will not wash the tracks out into the dams. With the rain to date our measures seem to be effective. Graveling of the tracks has also commenced which will ensure we have access to areas to be planted or needing maintenance during winter.
This is a really exciting project for our team to be working on and one that will not only help improve the quality of water flowing into the dams but will, possibly in the future, provide a fantastic recreational opportunity in the Marton area.
During April and May this site will see a number of items being undertaken to help improve the lakes water quality and also the wider environment.
During December we removed a large block of pine trees from the northern boundary that had become dangerous and very unsightly. This is a large area that we will plant approximately 2500 coastal hardy natives that will ultimately form a dense wall of vegetation. The plants chosen will only reach a height of 5m, when mature, which will enable air movement over the lake.
We are also upgrading the plantings and fences at the lake’s effluent bed. Deer fences are being installed to keep samba deer from eating trees and shrubs that have recently been planted to absorb the excess nutrients an area like this generates.
Dudding Lake is a fantastic local asset that we need to look after and by working closely with Horizons Regional Council and other stakeholders we will ensure this lake is usable for future generations.
Funnell Reserve Development Bulls
During April will see the start of the development of this little reserve in Bulls. Funnell Reserve is the first park travellers passing into the region from the south, see. Many travellers stop to take a break in this small reserve, it is also next to the only public access to the Rangitikei River from Bulls.
In conjunction with the Bulls Community Committee we will be working with UCOL students to design what the future of this reserve could look like. This will include plantings, seating, signage etc.
To start with we will be removing the old rail fencing and installing large rough saw wooden bollards, an area of lawn will also be removed and put into compacted gravel to aid parking in this area.
If you have any questions or have seen something in one our parks that you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the parks team.
Consultation is open from 4 April to midday 4 May 2018. You can engage with us a number of ways: Complete an online subm...
Consultation is open from 4 April to midday 4 May 2018. You can engage with us a number of ways:
Public meetings are planned across the district, for full details see the schedule of meetings on our website here.
The complete Consultation Document, supporting information and submission form (both PDF and electronic) is on our website here.
After considering all feedback Council will make decisions on the proposals and any other suggestions received from the community. We will then adopt our 2018-2028 Long Term Plan by 30 June 2018.
The proposed average annual rate increase in the LTP is less than 4% even though Council has some major projects coming...
The proposed average annual rate increase in the LTP is less than 4% even though Council has some major projects coming up. The total planned expenditure on capital projects, over the next 10 years, is $174 million. Our wastewater plants in Bulls, Marton, Ratana and Taihape need to be upgraded, which is essential for these communities. The Mangaweka Bridge is programmed to be replaced over the next three years too, this is a joint project with Manawatu District Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency. Redevelopment of community/civic facilities in Marton, Bulls and Taihape are also planned over the term of the LTP.
See page 16 of the LTP here for full details on Infrastructure and Financial Strategy.
Voluntary targeted rate for ceiling and underfloor insulation Local Authorities can provide a scheme to help ratepayers...
Voluntary targeted rate for ceiling and underfloor insulation
Local Authorities can provide a scheme to help ratepayers who are unable to cover the full cost of insulation or are not eligible for an EECA grant. This would be via a voluntary targeted rate specifically for home insulation for low income families. Council does not have a preferred option and this is not included in the budgets as there are no net costs to ratepayers. The scheme would be optional. To qualify ratepayers must be up-to-date with their rate payments, have a good payment history and use an approved installer of insulation. The maximum sum made available to a ratepayer would be $5,000 for a term of up to 9 years at an interest rate of 7%. Full details are on page 9 of our Consultation Document.
See page 9 of the LTP here for full details on Key Choice 3.
The “How to have your say” article further on has an online submission form where you can make your submission on the Long Term Plan.
Economic Development Increasing economic growth is important for improving the quality of life for residents in the Rang...
Increasing economic growth is important for improving the quality of life for residents in the Rangitikei. Therefore we have committed $200,000 for each of the next 10 years and we want to know what you think of five areas Council considers could be effective to do this, they are: promotion; expanding markets; facilitation; labour planning; and incentivising growth. Council does not have a preferred option, we want to know what you think would be the most worthwhile use of these funds. Full details on each of the five areas are on pages 8 and 9 of our Consultation Document.
See page 8 and 9 of the LTP here for full details on Key Choice 2.
Rubbish and Recycling in the urban areas of Ratana, Koitiata, Scotts Ferry, Bulls, Marton, Hunterville, Taihape and Mang...
Rubbish and Recycling in the urban areas of Ratana, Koitiata, Scotts Ferry, Bulls, Marton, Hunterville, Taihape and Mangaweka
Currently urban rubbish collection across our District is via a commercial arrangement between residents and waste management companies, and the Council has no involvement in this service. The Council wants to know if urban residents in Ratana, Scotts Ferry, Koitiata, Bulls, Marton, Hunterville, Mangaweka and Taihape want a Council operated kerbside recycling service; or a Council operated kerbside recycling and rubbish collection service – that would replace the commercial rubbish collection operation currently in place.
The implementation of a kerbside recycling service could potentially reduce the amount of rubbish to be disposed of. Items that can be recycled instead of being put into the rubbish include:
Currently, green waste is excluded from this service.
The cost for a kerbside recycling and/or rubbish service in the urban areas of Ratana, Scotts Ferry, Koitiata, Bulls, Marton, Hunterville, Mangaweka and Taihape would be charged via a targeted rate to residents in those areas.
The options are:
Council’s Preferred Option
ONE. Provision of a Council recycling service only
All urban properties to be supplied with 240 litre wheelie bin (for cardboard, plastic, cans) and a 45 litre crate (for glass bottles) which would be collected fortnightly. This option would mean residents no longer needed to make trips to the waste transfer station to do their recycling (except to dispose of green waste) and should lead to increased recycling and decreased rubbish to landfill. It would maintain the present system of choice to residents for disposing of rubbish and the recycling facilities will be available at the waste transfer stations.
$498,545 annual rates requirement from 2019/20 is included in the budget projections. This would be raised by a targeted rate for urban property owners in Ratana, Scotts Ferry, Koitiata, Bulls, Marton, Hunterville, Mangaweka and Taihape:
2019/20 $106 each separately used or inhabited property in the specified urban areas. This will be a new targeted solid waste rate.
TWO. Provision of a rubbish and recycling service
One wheelie bin and one crate issued per household (for recycling); and rubbish collection
This option would see a weekly rubbish collection service and households would be issued with one wheelie bin for recycling (collected fortnightly) and one crate for glass (collected fortnightly) and would dispense with the need for residents to make trips to the waste transfer station to recycle (except to dispose of green waste) and probably lead to increased recycling and decreased rubbish to landfill.
$777,157 annual rates requirement. This would be raised by a targeted rate for urban property owners in Ratana, Scotts Ferry, Koitiata, Bulls, Marton, Hunterville, Mangaweka and Taihape:
2019/20 $165 each separately used or inhabited property in the specified urban areas (i.e. an additional $55 over the cost of recycling only).
THREE. Retain the status quo
No Council operated rubbish or recycling service. This would mean residents continue to make their own arrangements for kerbside rubbish collection and how they recycle.
2018/19 No change
2019/20 No change, but $106 reduction from projections included in this plan for each separately used or inhabited property in Ratana, Scotts Ferry, Koitiata, Bulls, Marton, Hunterville, Mangaweka and Taihape
The costs for the various options are estimates only. If Council decides, having considered submissions, to provide a recycling; or recycling and rubbish service, tenders would be called which will establish firm prices. The delivery of such a service (and the cost) would be confirmed through the 2019/20 Annual Plan and if agreed to would start on 1 July 2019.
See page 6 of the LTP here for full details on Key Choice 1.
What is the Long Term Plan? The Long Term Plan (LTP) describes our Council’s priorities, key projects and activities for...
What is the Long Term Plan?
The Long Term Plan (LTP) describes our Council’s priorities, key projects and activities for the next 10 years. The LTP is reviewed every three years and the community are asked to provide comments on this Plan through a consultation document called “Unfolding the Plan”.
What’s in the Consultation Document?
Unfolding the Plan summarises what’s in the LTP, it outlines where your rates are spent and what services Council provides. It also tells you what we think are the important issues that the District faces over the next 10 years. Most importantly it provides you with the opportunity to give us your feedback on key choices.
You can read the full Consultation Document online here.
You can also pick up a hard copy of the Consultation Document from any council office or library.
Listen to Mayor Andy Watson speak about Council’s current consultation on the draft Long Term Plan. In particular: What...
Listen to Mayor Andy Watson speak about Council’s current consultation on the draft Long Term Plan. In particular:
Submissions close on 4 May 2018. Full details are on Council’s website here.