Council gear hire OK
During the recent full South Waikato District Council meeting, fees and charges to hire out the council’s portaloo and generators were discussed.
The council’s group assets manager, Roger Fisher, said the generators are not fully utilised.
‘‘ So there is an opportunity there to make a return on those generators. I went and talked to the local rental outfit here about competition.’’
Mr Fisher had spoken to Hirequip which was interested in hiring them out on the council’s behalf.
Chief executive David Hall said: ‘‘I just want to say there is a broader strategic context. It is around the context of how we operate . . . is there an opportunity for us to generate income from it and we’re not actually just talking about equipment, we’re also talking about other resources council has. So there is a strategic context of how we operate.’’
Deputy mayor Jenny Shattock did not support the idea as she felt the council would be in direct competition with local businesses.
‘‘Regardless of them being involved, Hirequip being involved, we are still making money out of it and that money is not going to a business in the community.’’
Mrs Shattock said she did not want to set a precedent.
‘‘I am totally against the philosophy of council going into operation with private enterprise. I am just totally in disagreement with it being in competition.’’
While council staff and councillors discussed the details of the proposal, Cr Shattock labelled staff’s work as ‘‘nebulous’’.
‘‘I just want to make the comment that it appears pretty holey, a bit nebulous, doesn’t it? I don’t think it has been completely worked through by staff and so I find it difficult to make an informed decision when we don’t know who it’s going to go to or how it is actually totally going to be managed.’’
The motion passed last week stated that councillors are philosophically in favour of making council’s unused equipment available to private enterprise for them to hire out at a negotiated fee from the council.