Mayor shocked over council vote
Mayor Neil Sinclair was stunned when South Waikato District Councillors voted to build a new district landfill.
Now part of the long Term Plan 2015-25, six councillors voted to use the current landfill until it is full and build a new one in about eight years.
Councillors had three other options to vote on, one of which included closing the site and turning Croad Pl into a transfer station.
Mayor Neil Sinclair voted for the option to close the site when the resource management consent expired in 2020 and turn Croad Pl into a transfer centre.
‘‘It’s the first time in my 11 years of being Mayor I’ve voted against something.’’
‘‘It was a very, very surprising decision and I’d like to think the six councillors that voted for the decision understood all of the implications.’’
He said the decision would create a burden for ratepayers in the future.
Strategic projects manager Sarah Flavall said the less waste, the more it will cost for residents.
Council research revealed tonnage had more than halved in the last six years.
Sinclair said the price could soar if it were to decline more and there would be no way out of it with the selected option.
The current price is $ 123 per tonne plus a national waste levy.
Councillor Bill Machen voted to build a new cell as he disagreed with turning Croad Pl into a transfer station.
‘‘I wasn’t happy with the report that come out, I still have some affirmations with the Croad Pl site.’’
And though he agreed with Sinclair’s concerns, he said the decision would ‘‘buy time’’ to look over the options again and find a better solution.