Bai­ley departs af­ter 14 years

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Peter Bai­ley will no longer have sleep­less nights when he hears heavy rain.

Porirua City Coun­cil’s general man­ager of as­set man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions de­parted last month af­ter 14 years in the role.

He said his pri­or­i­ties right now were ‘‘jobs around the house’’ and a fam­ily holiday in Twizel, be­fore tak­ing up a po­si­tion with en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tancy firm Re­solve Group.

‘‘There’s ex­cit­ing work out there for an en­gi­neer like me, and I’m up for the chal­lenge,’’ he said.

Bai­ley, who lives in Kapiti, said he came to Porirua City Coun­cil in 2002, when the util­i­ties and parks groups were com­ing to­gether.

He said much of his work in­volved things the pub­lic didn’t see, such as im­prov­ing waste­water and stormwa­ter in the city.

Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment was a big part of the coun­cil’s phi­los­o­phy that he en­joyed.

‘‘Get­ting that feed­back was im­por­tant and you al­ways had that in places like Can­nons Creek and Plim­mer­ton,’’ he said.

‘‘When do­ing the vil­lage plan­ning work in Steyne Ave [when speed bumps were put in], the pub­lic was out­spo­ken, but you have to be pre­pared for that.’’

Bai­ley is the sec­ond general man­ager to de­part the coun­cil in five months, af­ter David Rolfe left in Novem­ber.

He said he leaves with no bad feel­ings or re­grets and at least now heavy rain won’t keep the 60-year-old awake at night.

‘‘The flood­ing [last May] and some of the other weather events have been stress­ful. But I’m proud to say that when I started there were 300 sewer over­flows a year and in the last nine months we had two.

‘‘We’ve had no ma­jor breaks in the wa­ter sup­ply this fi­nan­cial year. There’s still work to be done but the coun­cil is on the right path.’’

Bai­ley said see­ing the old Todd Park land be­ing used, less graf­fiti in the city, and watch­ing the Aotea and Whitby de­vel­op­ments come on were sat­is­fy­ing.

He was es­pe­cially pleased to see Trans­mis­sion Gully be­gin un­der his watch.

Peter Bai­ley was a general man­ager at Porirua City Coun­cil for 14 years.

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