Dipping into investment fund to pay for pool
In other funding decisions, the council decided to use an additional $440,000 of investment income made available during the long-term process to help pay the contractual liability associated with the construction of the Balclutha Centennial Pool.
This reduces every ratepayers’ Uniform Annual General Charge rate by about $3. In March last year, the council lost a Building Disputes Tribunal case with pool contractors Lund South, and was ordered to pay the company $1,877,271.61 for a budget over-run.
In discussion Cr Alison Ludermann said the pool issue had been ‘‘a huge discussion point across the district, and this is one way of putting it to bed’’.
A submission made on behalf of a wheelchair-bound Stirling resident Brendon Storer, who has been struggling with access on View St in Stirling, contributed to the council’s decision to improve its infrastructure by constructing a footpath, with 180 metres of it to be in concrete and the rest in crushed.
Clutha Development’s budget was increased by $85,000 to invest in tourism, including a district destination plan and a tourist infrastructure feasibility study.
Balclutha Centennial Pool.