Light shed on annual plan
Clutha district’s going to get a whole lot brighter, with a Government commitment to help fund a switch to light emitting diode - LED street lighting in the near future.
In the release of its annual plan last week, Clutha District Council announced that central government had confirmed it would fund 85 per cent of a $1m upgrade to convert the district’s 1,500 streetlights to LEDs.
Clutha District chief executive Steve Hill said this meant Clutha District ratepayers would only pay $150,000 towards the upgrade.
The belief is LED lights will cost less to run and maintain, and have less outages.
Clutha rates will not be as high as expected in this year’s annual plan, with only a 2.37 per cent increase predicted.
This is below the 3.39 per cent increase forecast for the long term plan in the 2017-2018 year.
The council will also confirm projects for delivery over the next financial year starting July 1, and the timing of these.
Projects include sewerage improvements to help meet resource consent requirements, money for parks and reserves projects.
With confirmation of a funding contribution from the New Zealand Transport Agency, the council will also be carrying out a $1.13m repair to the Hina Hina Bridge, between Owaka and Jack’s Bay, to keep it fully functioning.
The council is inviting feedback for the just released plan until May 12, which is also year three of the 2015-2025 long term plan.
Clutha District Mayor Bryan Cadogan urged ratepayers to have their say.
‘‘Your input is always appreciated and helps us check we are on the right track.’’
The council is in the process of looking at a 120-signature petition presented by Holmdene Rest Home regarding the safety of the Elizabeth St footpath outside the Presbyterian Support Otago-run residence.
This will be included in discussions for the annual plan.
Ratepayers and residents can also provide feedback on the 2017/18 schedule of fees and charges across the council’s activities and services.
Copies of the annual plan update are available on the consultations page of the council’s website.
Hard copies of the document are available at council offices and service centres.