Coun­cil al­ters plan

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil made some ma­jor de­ci­sions last Wed­nes­day on the draft Our Com­mu­nity Our Fu­ture plan.

Coun­cil cut more than $2 mil­lion worth of pro­posed ‘‘choose to do’’ projects from the plan, in­clud­ing a new li­brary in Mata­mata, and pub­lic toi­let re­place­ments in Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha cemeteries and at Wa­haroa.

‘‘We are aware that the eco­nomic cli­mate is still not good,’’ said Mayor Hugh Ver­coe.

‘‘ Many busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als in our com­mu­nity are look­ing to see where they can cut back. We have recog­nised this and con­sid­ered the feed­back we have re­ceived, and done the same.’’

Coun­cil also came to a de­ci­sion on the pro­posed pan charges.

‘‘We re­ceived a huge amount of feed­back from the com­mu­nity that the sys­tem we pro­posed was not fair,’’ said Mr Ver­coe.

‘‘We have lis­tened to all that feed­back and cho­sen a sys­tem that a num­ber of peo­ple told us would be a fairer way to charge, while still mak­ing sure that high users are pay­ing their share.’’

Un­der the re­vised sys­tem, non- res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties will be as­sessed for their im­pact on the wastewater sys­tem com­pared with house­holds.

Those that are as­sessed to use the equiv­a­lent of a house­hold will only pay for one pan.

Those who are as­sessed to be us­ing more than one house­hold will pay for each pan as pro­posed, or can pay to have a wa­ter me­ter in­stalled to mea­sure and cal­cu­late their true im­pact on the wastewater sys­tem.

A con­testable grant of $10,000 a year will also be es­tab­lished, al­low­ing non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions to ap­ply for par­tial re­mis­sion their wastewater charges.

Coun­cil­lors also lis­tened to feed­back from the com­mu­nity on the pro­posed changes to the Pub­lic Safety By­law (known as the ‘‘foot­path tax’’).

The pro­posed changes to the by­law will be re­moved, and li­cences and the as­so­ci­ated fees will not be re­quired for sand­wich boards or trad­ing in pub­lic places.

A full list of de­ci­sions made at the meet­ing is avail­able on the coun­cil’s face­book page and at our­com­mu­nity- our­future. co. nz/ de­ci­sions.


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