I read with interest David Rolfe’s disingenuous reply to Allan Bloomfield’s letter in this week’s Kapi-Mana News [Feb 1].
A quick look at the relevant bylaw confirms that Allan, as the owner of a property with a septic tank, is required to obtain a licence, despite the fact that council originally permitted the septic tank under the original building consent, which would have been for the expected life of the building (under the relevant act this should have been 50 years).
The licence will not be issued until an authorised person has given a certificate of fitness. The council will charge the owner $90 (at present) and may choose to issue the licence for only three years. The authorised person will charge what s/he can get away with – potentially the $1000 quoted by Allan in his letter.
For David Rolfe to suggest that Allan is confused about the costs, and offer no factual correction, is not the standard ratepayers should expect from their employees.
As an aside, it is quite clear that neither salaried nor elected servants proofread the bylaw adequately – Part 18.1.2 is an exact repeat of the final part of 18.1.1. Part 17.4.1 doesn’t make sense. What else is cockeyed with the bylaw? Brian Collins,
Papakowhai many years. This is iconic Kiwi ingenuity right here.