Cost of park bins is rubbish
Reserve project will set ratepayers back $18,670.
The projects are among a number of items funded out of the community board’s small local improvements fund.
Board chairman Duncan Macdonald says the expense of the projects is nothing new.
“We’ve complained in the past, but it seems to be the way it works. Personally I think a lot of these jobs could be done a lot cheaper.”
Mr Macdonald puts the high price of the projects down to extra funding required to deal with compliance costs.
“It’s a waste of ratepayers’ money, but it’s what they have to do.”
A breakdown of expenses shows $2000 is required for a resource consent at Blockhouse Bay Reserve because of unstable ground and $3000 at Eastdale Reserve because the project lies near a tree drip line.
A council spokeswoman acknowledges the council is technically moving funding from one area of its budget to another when it charges itself for resource consents.
But she says it is a way of showing the public that the council follows the same processes as everyone else.
Administration and management costs are also factored into the project with $1550 required for the Blockhouse Bay Reserve and $1395 at Eastdale Reserve.
Deputy mayor David Hay is also concerned about the cost of the projects.
He says providing items such as rubbish bins and seats is core council business, so there should be little variation in price.
“They should be able to establish a price down to the dollar. A price set is a price set.”
“There is a feeling you need to get value for money.”
The board has asked for a breakdown of costs before deciding whether to approve both projects at its next meeting.