Council alters plan
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.