Con­cept plan cause for de­bate

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

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.

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