Aircon for Grove library
AIRCONDITIONING for the children at The Grove library and public art will be bought after a review of the 2014-15 budget at Peppermint Grove Council since March.
“We’ve purchased some art from Bather’s Beach in Fremantle, and will be installing it later,” chief executive John Merrick said.
At last month’s meeting, councillors agreed to buy the $19,000 airconditioning and $10,000 of art in changes to spending and income plans that end this month.
The review found income from planning and building charges had added $25,000 to the $60,000 expected from construction fees 12 months ago.
Mr Merrick said more homes were built than expected in 2014-15.
However, the council spent $25,000 more on town planning legal fees, in addition to the $48,520 initially allotted.
Mr Merrick said the extra costs were a result of the lawyers’ advice needed for a new town planning scheme, the fight over demolition of Radhika Oswal’s unfinished mansion and other incomplete properties.
“For the 2015-16 budget, we expect to go back to a relatively normal amount, but will be adding about $10,000 to the usual $20,000 for planning legal fees,” he said.
The council got $17,000 less than the $35,000 it estimated for hiring the Westcoast Community Centre at The Grove, but Mr Merrick said the council was unlikely to change its policy of who could use the facility.
“There is a lot more competition in the marketplace for similar places, and we are selective of what happens there,” he said.
He said the review would not affect rates increases, but would not comment on what could be decided in current 2015-16 budget talks.
The public art will be installed later this month, while the airconditioning will need to be installed before summer.