Toko­roa may get new bill­boards

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil are propos­ing to erect three new en­trance bill­boards in Toko­roa.

The de­tails around the re­place­ment bill­boards, which are lo­cated on Marae­tai Rd, the north­ern en­trance of the town on SH1 and at the south­ern en­trance, were heard dur­ing last Thurs­day’s Com­mu­nity and As­sets Com­mit­tee meet­ing.

Coun­cil has com­mit­ted fund­ing of $15,000 to up­date town and dis­trict wel­come signs each year on a ro­ta­tional ba­sis.

‘‘I would like to ex­tend the pro­ject over June and July. Two of the bill­boards, one on Marae­tai Rd and the one at the north­ern end of town are ef­fec­tively erected on me­tal py­lons,’’ com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Kerry Fabrie said.

Ms Fabrie en­cour­aged coun­cil to use a por­tion of this year’s and next year’s re­spec­tive bud­gets to aid the bill­board’s erec­tion to com­ply with safety guide­lines.

Coun­cil­lor Brenda Watkins said: ‘‘My un­der­stand­ing of this when we talked about this a few year’s ago was that ac­tu­ally the size of the bill­boards were larger than they were sup­posed to be and if you start re­plac­ing things are you go­ing to have to re-size. Be­cause the rea­son we wanted to keep that size by not re­plac­ing any­thing.’’

‘‘Ms Fabrie re­sponded, ‘‘I have had feed­back from the New Zealand Trans­port Agency and from Mr Naidoo [Gor­don, coun­cil’s road­ing man­ager] that no there is ac­tu­ally no re­stric­tion on size so we can put to­tally new bill­boards up with change­able legs that are within safety reg­u­la­tions.’’

Coun­cil­lor Her­man van Rooi­jen ques­tioned whether the bill­board at the north­ern en­trance re­main on pub­lic prop­erty if it is com­pletely re­placed.

Ms Fabrie also con­firmed that bill­boards must go through New Zealand Trans­port Agency for ap­proval.

South Waikato News emailed coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Kerry Fabrie ask­ing whether the pro­ject had gone out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, coun­cil did not re­spond.

ON THE WAY: This is one ex­am­ple of the de­signs for the new bill­boards pro­posed by South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil.

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