2012 IN REVIEW – SEPTEMBER
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.