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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%).

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