Rant or rave: your say

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL FEATURES -

Baf­fled

I have just read the let­ter of Jeff Hill, Alexan­dra coun­cil­lor, which was pub­lished in your last is­sue ( Mir­ror, Oc­to­ber 3). It may be me but I could not un­der­stand what he was talk­ing about. What was the dis­as­ter he was over? Why was this all not com­mu­ni­cated to ratepay­ers prior to the Long Term Plan con­sul­ta­tions so we could have a say? I can’t re­call coun­cil­lor Hill voic­ing any con­cerns then so why now?

Neil Cruick­shank, Alexan­dra

Waste cost

On Sun­day I de­cided it was time to take the tree down in the front gar­den. Try­ing to be a tidy Kiwi I took my two trailer loads to the green waste at the dump. When it came time for me to pay I al­most fainted when I was told to pay $40, $20 a trailer load. I was ex­pect­ing to pay $10 a load as it is ad­ver­tised on the en­trance sign “Green waste $10”. Are we re­ally expected as ratepay­ers to pay over the top for this? The coun­cil does very lit­tle for this money and has the cheek to charge like a wounded bull! It’s no won­der some peo­ple de­cide to dump their rub­bish in the pines.

Fraser Reid, Alexan­dra Coun­cil col­lects fees for dis­posal of waste on a cost re­cov­ery ba­sis. This year the charges are $53 per cu­bic me­tre for rub­bish or $10 per cu­bic me­tre for green waste. To en­cour­age peo­ple not to put green waste in their wheelie bin, loads less than half a cu­bic me­tre are free. Larger loads are charged to meet the costs to pro­vide on­site man­age­ment and pe­ri­odic shredding of green waste. The shredding trial be­gan last year and coun­cil works in with neigh­bour­ing QLDC to use a mo­bile shredding ma­chine vis­it­ing the area. Pre­vi­ously the green waste was bull­dozed over the old land­fill, which didn’t cost as much but doesn’t al­low for ef­fec­tive break­down, pro­vide any ben­e­fits and can­not continue in­def­i­nitely.

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