Hauraki District Council
Waihi Ward Committee
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE WAIHI WARD COMMITTEE HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, WILLIAM STREET, PAEROA ON TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2010 COMMENCING AT 2.30 PM
Crs S G Baker (Chairperson), D M Carmine, M J Hayden, C Francis, and His Worship the Mayor J P Tregidga
R G Paterson (Community Services Manager), K D Thompson (District Engineer), Mr J McIver (Community Development Officer), R Ashley (Community Services Operations Manager), Mr S Clark (Parks & Reserves Manager), R Kirby (Community Services Facilities and Administration Manager and acting Council Secretary)
THAT the apology of Cr H T Shepherd be received and sustained.
WWC10/48 Francis/Hayden CARRIED
There were no late items.
CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Waihi Ward Committee held on Tuesday 10 August 2010 are confirmed and are a true and correct record.
WWC10/49 Hayden/Carmine CARRIED
The Community Services monthly report on activities was presented for the Committee’s consideration.
THAT the Community Services monthly report be received.
WWC10/50 Carmine/Hayden CARRIED
REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Fay Karikari, writes advising that she is starting up the game of softball in Waihi. Ms. Karikari also advises that there is support in the form of resources – playing equipment and shelter - from the New Zealand Softball Association, local people and the Waihi Community Resource Centre. This has provided equipment for the 5-9 year old age group but equipment is still needed for the two older age groups.
Ms. Karikari seeks sponsorship for equipment and other personal items.
Cr Baker advised he has spoken to Ms Karikari requesting more clarification of the amount of funding that is being asked for. In response, Ms Karikari has provided a copy of a quote that she has received for the equipment required.
Cr Hayden complemented Ms Karikari on her efforts to establish a softball competition in Waihi and supported this new initiative.
THAT the letter from Fay Karikari be received; and
THAT $300.00 be given to Waihi softball for the purchase of equipment.
WWC10/51 Carmine/Francis CARRIED
The Community Development Officer advised that the nominations for this year’s award are now open and mentioned the categories for the awards. Nominations close on Friday the 22nd October. Correspondence relating to the awards was attached to the agenda for the member’s information.
It was mentioned that the lights did not appear as bright as they did when first installed. The members were reassured that the quality of the lighting is the same as previously installed but the Parks and Reserves Manager advised he would follow up on this matter raised.
Whiritoa – Pohutukawa Reserve
An update was requested on the progress made on the upgrade to the Pohutukawa Reserve and the question was asked if the work would be completed by the end of the year. The members were advised that the budget for this financial year only allowed for the design work. It was requested that a report outlining the proposed upgrade to the reserve be presented at the Whiritoa Public Meeting held at Anniversary weekend.
Town Centre – gardens
A design for the layout of the town centre gardens was presented to the Ward Committee members. The design is in keeping with the ‘gold’ theme that is being maintained throughout the Waihi town centre. The Ward members would like the plants to be sourced locally if possible. The plants are purchased through a tender process. It was agreed that the Ward members would meet with the Parks and Reserves Manager on site with a sample of the plants.
Waihi Swimming Pool Project
The members were advised of the progress to date which has been made in changing over the management of the pool from Waihi College to Council. The members were advised that the pool will be available for use by early November 2010.
Gilmour Reserve Development Walkway Completion
Conceptual plans for the walkway extension were presented at the meeting.
THAT the conceptual plans for the Gilmour Reserve walkway be approved as presented.
WWC10/52 Carmine/Hayden CARRIED
As Cr Hayden is retiring from Council in October, his representation on both the Whiritoa Emergency Management Committee and the Waikino Liaison Committee will cease. He therefore submitted two reports outlining the role of each of these Committees for the information of the Ward Committee and staff. (The reports were attached).
Cr Hayden was thanked for his representation on and the work that he has done with both of these committees over the past three years.
THAT the reports be received.
WWC10/53 Carmine/Hayden CARRIED
Cr Hayden thanked the Ward Committee for the support shown to him over the past three years especially the support of Cr Baker. He also thanked staff for their support over his time as elected member of the Waihi Ward Committee.
A verbal update from the District Engineer was provided with regard to a service request received from a local resident concerning footpaths in the vicinity of Hobson Street. The submitter of the service request was of the opinion that footpaths should be provided on both sides of streets, minimising the need to cross the street in order to walk on the footpath, and wished to know when this could be done in Hobson Street and surrounds.
The Ward Committee supported the suggestion of the District Engineer that consideration be given to the request during the next review of the new footpath programme.
The meeting closed 3.50pm.
S G Baker
14 December 2010