In their power?
Without their assistance I could not have managed the extra dollars it would have taken me to drive to Otaki and then all depart back to Porirua.
Whilst I am on the thank-yous, I would like to say a very warm thank-you to the hard workers that take my rubbish on Tuesday in Waitangirua, never a frown just always onto it with a smile. You all are awesome to this old lady. Editor,
Following the meeting of March 8 at which a decision was confirmed to provide nearly $600,000 to create an artificial turf at Ascot Park, I raised with the chief executive, mayor and senior councillors the serious procedural issues which risked the decision being ultra vires.
With the chief executive intending to proceed, and this week’s report in the Kapi-mana News that the long term plan proposes to slash core services in order to increase funding to recreation groups, I feel compelled to bring the issues to ratepayers’ attention.
The meeting on March 8 to reconsider funding an artificial turf at Ascot Park was, as was the original meeting on 22/2, a committee meeting, not a council
ROSE KALOLO, Waitangirua. meeting. Thus, any decision had to comply with delegated authority from council to committee (which councillor Douglas referred to).
The committee decision doesn’t comply, yet the chief executive is continuing with the proposal as if he has authority to do so. Not only that but the decision made was to assist an entity which doesn’t exist – yet the chief executive is continuing as though he has authority to divert money to another entity. And one councillor turned up 95 minutes late yet still thought he should vote – he obviously had a vested interest in making it happen – but then he would have, given that he is recorded as a trustee of the Trust wanting $1.8 million of public money.
At the wakeboard hearing in 2010, councillors who had formed opinions based on their constituents views (surely what they are meant to do) were told they couldn’t vote, so how could an involved councillor vote this time?
Perhaps because the general manager concerned presented incorrect and incomplete documentation to the meeting, so no one knew?
BRIAN COLLINS, Papakowhai. Rob Rangi resigned from the Porirua Synthetic Sports Field Community Trust in December last year.
On the other matters raised, Mayor Nick Leggett responds:
‘‘There have been concerns raised about the process and as such councillor Ken Douglas in his capacity as chair of the Audit and Risk Committee requested that the chief executive seek legal advice on several points relating to the application of the turf trust. That work is still being completed and it will be reported to the council in the near future for consideration.’’