Centennial Park development
Council has agreed to enter into a contract with RICH Landscapes for the design and construction of the Marton skatepark extension. More than enough funding is now in place to enable the project (as currently envisioned) to proceed, but it was acknowledged that the scope/cost of the project could change (increase) as the design was progressed and finalised. On that basis Council confirmed that the upgrade could only proceed at a rate that matched confirmed funding. Acknowledging the role of the Rotary Club of Marton, Council confirmed that a MoU would be needed with Rotary to enable it to provide the funds to Council to approve and release to RICH Landscapes (as work was undertaken). Detailed design is targeted to be completed by the end of March with construction starting in April.
Rural non-potable water supply policy
What was previously known as the rural water supply policy has been retitled to ensure understanding that the water provided by the rural water supply schemes is not treated and is thus correctly regarded as non-potable. During the year the policy was reviewed by each of the scheme sub-committees: Council agreed with the suggested changes. These make explicit that each property owner connected to such a scheme must provide for on-site storage, to report loss of water and to allow reasonable access to the operation of the scheme network for people engaged for that work.
Public transport to/from Marton
Council considered a report which showed a consensus of dissatisfaction from Whanganui and Partners and the Central Economic Development Agency with the level of public transport services between Marton and Palmerston North/ Whanganui. It agreed to work with Horizons Regional Council to undertake an investigation to show the current level of demand for such services,
Taihape raw water falling main – stage 3
A contract for stage 3 of the Taihape raw water falling main upgrade is to be let during January. This is for a new pipeline 651 metres in length, replacing a steel pipeline which has had a number of serious leaks in the past – a major issue as this is the sole water supply feed to Taihape. The estimated maximum cost of the work is $1.25 million. Because of the urgency attached to getting this work completed during summer, Council agreed to delegate the decision to the Chief Executive, with a report back on that decision to the next meeting of Council.
New Bulls Community Centre
Council will be reapplying to the Tourism Infrastructure Fund when it next opens with a greater focus on how the new Bulls Community Centre is being designed to cater for greater tourist numbers stopping in Bulls. In addition, an application will be made early in the New Year to the capital fund administered by the Whanganui Community Foundation.
Better bus parking facilities at Ratana
The provision of bus parking bays at Ratana Paa together with kerb and channel work and footpath extension will receive a subsidy from the New Zealand Transport Agency and additional funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is awaiting final confirmation. This project will be completed in February.
A positive report from the New Zealand Transport Agency’s investment audit
New Zealand Transport Agency considered Rangitikei’s roading network to be in good condition and well managed, highlighting the increased focus given to drainage and the good working relationships with contractors. The asset databases were found to be largely complete and accurate.
Three-yearly revaluation of the District
Quotable Value (which undertakes the revaluation) reported the results to Council’s meeting on 14 December 2017. Rangitikei has the largest increase of all councils in the Horizons region. The capital value of Rangitikei farms has increased by 18.4% (with little difference between hill country and lowland plains) but the capital value of residential dwellings has increased by 24% highest in Marton (31%, with higher increases in the lower valued properties) and lowest in Hunterville (19%).