Council may step down
The Central Otago District Council will today decide whether it will step down from approving changes made by Central Otago Health, the organisation that runs Dunstan Hospital. COH was set up as the community’s representative and asset holder of the hospital and any changes to its constitution needed to be approved by council. The council has received a request from COH chairwoman Ainsley Webb asking the council to consider changing the process. ‘‘As our board now includes elected representatives from each ward within the Central Otago District Council, we believe there is no longer a need for the CODC to approve changes on behalf of the community and we wish to drop this requirement and all references to it, from our constitution,’’ Ms Webb said. A report by council chief executive officer Phil Melhopt, which will be provided to council members at a meeting today, recommended it approve the amendment so it was not required to sign off changes.