Tokoroa may get new billboards
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.