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Septem­ber 5 Staff asked to ex­plain $250,000 blowout South Waikato District Coun­cil staff have been asked to ex­plain how a project’s bud­get had blown out by more than $250,000.

Dur­ing a com­mu­nity and as­sets com­mit­tee meet­ing last week, coun­cil­lors learned the bud­get for the Toko­roa Waste­water Treat­ment Plant sludge up­grade, which was set at $610,000, had risen to $866,476.

The plant up­grade in­cludes the in­stal­la­tion of a cen­trifuge dryer. Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil, the ex­ist­ing way of dry­ing of biosolids (sludge) on site is not en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

Dur­ing last week’s meet­ing, the coun­cil’s group as­sets man­ager Roger Fisher was bom­barded with ques­tions from coun­cil­lors ask­ing him to ex­plain the blowout. Septem­ber 12 Strath­more let rip in Welling­ton They are the re­gion’s best and are on their way to be­ing New Zealand’s finest rippa rugby team.

Strath­more School’s rippa rugby team are head­ing to the Rippa Rugby Cham­pi­onships in Welling­ton rep­re­sent­ing the Waikato Province.

Strath­more School prin­ci­pal Mur­ray Ken­drick said the team of 10 will de­part for Welling­ton this week­end.

‘‘They are rep­re­sent­ing the Waikato be­cause they won the rippa tag com­pe­ti­tion held in May,’’ he said.

The school also won a com­pe­ti­tion held in Flagstaff on May 18.

Mr Ken­drick be­lieves the team, which is coached by Ngaire Taikato and Lotu Misa, will per­form well. Septem­ber 19 $74,000 dog A de­ci­sion on whether the South Waikato District Coun­cil should spend more ratepay­ers’ money on a court case that to date has cost $74,000 – in­clud­ing sus­te­nance costs – to de­stroy a dog which al­legedly at­tacked a rab­bit, will be de­cided at a full coun­cil meet­ing to­mor­row.

Last week the mas­sive spend was re­vealed with Lo­cal Government Min­is­ter David Carter crit­i­cis­ing the coun­cil.

Mr Carter told the Waikato Times that while he did not know the full de­tails of the case, the ris­ing bill seemed ex­treme and he thought the is­sue might be per­sonal. Septem­ber 26 Coun­cil sticks to court ac­tion South Waikato District Coun­cil in a closed meet­ing de­cided last week to again pur­sue Carolyn King, owner of Jimbo, in court, which will see the bill to ratepay­ers rise, with one politi­cian de­scrib­ing the move as ‘‘too stupid to be true’’.

In a press state­ment the coun­cil said its lawyers’ costs would be capped at $1000 plus GST. How­ever, the case will not be heard un­til next year mean­ing the costs of keep­ing Jimbo in­car­cer­ated will keep ris­ing at $50 a week.

Coun­cil­lors be­hind closed doors de­cided to con­tinue the bid to have the Toko­roa stafford­shire bull ter­rier de­stroyed, ar­gu­ing it was nec­es­sary to keep the com­mu­nity safe. The con­vo­luted le­gal saga has in­curred costs of nearly $80,000 of ratepay­ers’ money so far.

FIGHT FOR LIFE: Carolyn King, owner of Jimbo the dog is fight­ing to save his life.

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