Drainage prob­lems may have to wait

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

An im­pas­sioned plea from Ngati Toa to fix the drain­ing is­sues that con­tinue to plague Taka­puwahia was met with an as­sur­ance last week, but it may not come soon enough this win­ter.

Ngati Toa kau­matua were in the pub­lic gallery as Porirua City coun­cil­lors ran the mi­cro­scope over changes to their draft an­nual plan, their bud­get for the next fi­nan­cial year, on June 1.

It will be for­mally adopted and the rate struck on June 29 – set to be 5.2 per cent, 0.5 per cent less than first fore­cast.

In pub­lic speak­ing time, Jen­nie Smeaton, on be­half of Ngati Toa runanga, said they were hopeful their sub­mis­sion – out­lin­ing the fre­quency of flood­ing in the sub­urb – would be lis­tened to.

The work to fix stormwa­ter pipes in Taka­puwahia in 2009 has not re­solved the prob­lem and Ms Smeaton said it was ‘‘quite con­cern­ing’’ any fu­ture up­grades would be part of PCC’s 2012-22 long term plan­ning.

‘‘ We had an­other se­ri­ous flood re­cently around the marae, runanga and homes, and we are not sat­is­fied that any fur­ther work could be up to 10 years away. It is af­fect­ing our homes and our health.’’

In re­sponse, PCC’s gen­eral man­ager of as­set man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions Peter Bai­ley said his staff had done ‘‘ex­ten­sive mod­el­ling’’ across the city on stormwa­ter is­sues.

The prob­lem faced in Taka­puwahia, how­ever, was to do with ‘‘ over­land’’ flood­ing dur­ing heavy rain, rather than wa­ter com­ing up from over­flow­ing drains.

‘‘We will re­duce the risk in the com­ing year, but we need to dis­cuss this with prop­erty own­ers as there are ac­cess is­sues.’’

The coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son said there would be a coun­cil­lor work­shop in the next fort­night, where Taka­puwahia and the Pau­ata­hanui sewage fea­si­bil­ity study would be dis­cussed.

The lat­ter, worth $100,000, was one of four items added to the an­nual plan ex­pen­di­ture list last week, as well as in­surance ($270,000), prop­erty pur­chases (net $67,000) and an in­crease in bor­row­ing re­quire­ments ($169,000).

This to­talled $606,000 but was off­set by ex­pen­di­ture de­creases in ar­eas such as Can­nons Creek Pool ($26,000, neu­tralised by a $50,000 rev­enue in­crease), rub­bish col­lec­tion ($50,000), strate­gic risk man­age­ment ($100,000) and de­fer­ral of cap­i­tal re­place­ment (com­put­ers and other equip­ment $200,000).

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said the in­surance rise was an ‘‘un­known’’ and rep­re­sented two-thirds of 1 per cent of rates. De­spite this, he said PCC had pro­duced a sound bud­get for 2011/12, but the pres­sure would not go away.

The draft an­nual plan re­ceived 157 sub­mis­sions, 80 more than last year.

The main sub­jects ad­dressed were vil­lage plan­ning, retic­u­la­tion in Pau­ata­hanui, flood­ing in Taka­puwahia, graf­fiti man­age­ment, road­ing, car park­ing, city cen­tre re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion and li­braries.

Nearly 60 per cent of sub­mit­ters were Porirua East res­i­dents.

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