Light shed on an­nual plan

Clutha Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY-JO TOHILL

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.

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