Coun­cil gear hire OK

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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