Concept plan cause for debate
A decision to spend $102,000 on a concept plan to beautify Putaruru has confused some South Waikato councillors.
The idea, first put forward by Pride in Putaruru during the $5 million economic development fund submissions last year, was put on the back burner for further development.
‘‘We held back on that and said tell us exactly what to do and not just give us airy fairy,’’ mayor Neil Sinclair said.
It came back to council during Long Term Plan deliberations as a proposal to fund it through rates.
However the council decided it should be funded through the economic development fund.
The money will be spent developing a concept plan and doing tangible things to make Putaruru more vibrant and develop economic growth for the town.
But councillor Terry Magill didn’t agree with the way the money would be spent, saying it was ‘‘serious dollars’’ to spend on a concept plan.
Councillor Jeff Gash believed it should come out of the fund but was confused as to how the money would be spent.
‘‘We’ve asked them to do it and they’ve done it, still $102,000 is a lot to develop plans, I can’t see why they can’t just have a plan.’’
Once complete, the concept plan will likely go back to the council for deliberation or sign off.