A decision on a proposed road closure of a section of McDonald’s Trk, Thorpdale has been deferred pending legal advice.
Baw Baw Shire has deferred a decision until it receives a further report to council next month.
Council heard submissions from two property owners in October who were divided over a proposal for council to declare a section of the road unused.
Council gave public notice in August of its intention to discontinue the portion of road that was not deemed required for public use.
One property owner, Alicia Teska, had expressed interest in purchasing the section of road reserve which is currently the subject of a DELWP licence.
The neighbours are in dispute over a crossover within the road reserve.
Cr Darren Wallace said he would have liked to have dealt with the matter but it was a delicate situation that needed legal advice.
He said it was appropriate council considered the matter alongside legal advice to make the best decision financially and in the best interests of the residents who are affected.
Cr Peter Kostos said council had sought legal advice and had to consider the advice in its decision – “particularly with legal argy-bargy on both sides.” the community as it continued to face the challenges of a rapidly growing population with ageing infrastructure.
She said the board was humbled by the actions of the community in voicing its desire for a new hospital and to the community groups and individuals whose fundraising and donations contributed an “impressive $1.37 million”.
Special acknowledgement was also given in the report to the executive team, staff and volunteers.
The operating surplus was achieved despite expenditure rising to $108.5 million, 8.1 per cent more than the previous year, against a 7.5 per cent increase in income to $109.1 million.
Employee expenses and non-salary labour costs accounted for the bulk - $81.6 million – of expenditure.
On the revenue side government grants towards operating costs totalled $86.7 million, an increase of more than $6 million on 20162017.
West Gippsland Healthcare Group awarded life governorship at its annual meeting Jan Bennett in acknowledgement of her 27 years’ service to nursing at the Warragul hospital.