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Sat­is­fac­tion re­sult read­ing meth­ods change

Mis­in­ter­preted re­sults of an an­nual res­i­dents sat­is­fac­tion sur­vey have led to a change in the way it is cal­cu­lated.

Last year South Waikato Dis­trict coun­cil­lors dis­agreed with the way it was re­ported.

The re­sults pre­sented to coun­cil­lors failed to show what per­cent­age were dis­sat­is­fied and what per­cent­age ‘‘don’t know’’.

Strate­gic pol­icy plan­ner Tanya Wood said it was re­viewed and a change was pro­posed to coun­cil- lors at Thurs­day’s cor­po­rate and reg­u­la­tory com­mit­tee meet­ing.

‘‘In the fu­ture the peo­ple who don’t know if they are sat­is­fied or dis­sat­is­fied are ex­cluded.’’

Coun­cil­lors dis­agree with work­ing dog fee

An idea to cre­ate a work­ing dog fee was shunted by coun­cil­lors.

Own­ers of work­ing dogs which live in an ur­ban area are cur­rently charged $135.

The fee for ru­ral dogs is $60. There is no def­i­ni­tion of a work­ing dog and Cr Jeff Gash said it would cause a de­ba­cle to cre­ate one.

‘‘You open up a can of worms to al­low a work dog fee.’’

The idea could have been worked into the Long Term Plan but no de­ci­sion was made.

Trans­port sys­tem rolls for­ward

A $200,000 ratepayer-funded public trans­port sys­tem is well on its way to hit­ting the road with a ten­der to be opened.

A public trans­port steer­ing group has worked on the lo­gis­tics of the sys­tem for sev­eral months now.

There will be three cir­cuits around Toko­roa and two to Ti­rau which will stop in Pu­taruru.

The ten­der will go out for a six­month trial of the cir­cuits and an in­for­ma­tion ser­vice.

Deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Ben Smit said in­for­ma­tion about all ser­vices in the dis­trict was needed.

‘‘That’s prob­a­bly the stand­out thing, that no- one, even the peo­ple who are in­volved in it in­ti­mately, have a com­pre­hen­sion of ser­vices out there.’’

The ser­vice will be eval­u­ated by the steer­ing group af­ter four months.

An­i­mal con­trol kept busy

An­i­mal con­trol dealt with five loose horses within two months.

The horses were all re­turned to their own­ers but group manager of reg­u­la­tory, Sharon Robin­son, said it was a cause for con­cern.

Three in­stances of dog at­tacks were also re­ported, one was on a child aged two, but no fur­ther ac­tion was taken as it was chained up and the child was not su­per­vised.

There were nine com­plaints about dogs be­ing ag­gres­sive, mainly about dogs chas­ing cats.

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