Ensuring the level of service from council contractors is
maintained has emerged as a general concern from Dunedin
community boards as the city council continues putting the
screws on spending.
Chalmers Community Board chairman Steve Walker yesterday told
councillors working on the Dunedin City Council's 2014-15
draft budget that residents had complained to the board about
ditches being uncleared and regular maintenance left undone;
the board perceived a possible issue with the accountability
of contractors employed to maintain ditches and roads in the
area, he said.
The board was also concerned sea-wall maintenance was not
being kept up but its main concern was that the shared path
alongside State Highway 88 be completed, so it would finally
reach Port Chalmers.
''I don't think a day goes by when we're not asked when it's
going to be completed.''
The existing part of the path was well used.
''It would be great to see the final push that is going to
take us all the way forward.''
A temporary 30kmh speed limit in George St had been
successful and the community would like to see it made a
permanent speed limit.
The Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board's number one priority was
a new pool in Mosgiel and chairman Bill Feather urged council
to spend a recommended $80,000 on investigating the costs and
needs for such a project.
A planned $100,000 decrease in funding for resurfacing
Riccarton Rd was a ''grave concern'' for the board, given the
type and amount of traffic that used the road; if the council
was not prepared to put money into making the road safe to
carry that volume of traffic, it should limit the number of
vehicles allowed to use it.
Council infrastructure and networks manager Tony Avery said
council was making good progress in discussions with
landowners about buying land to widen the road. He said the
road would be resurfaced at that point.
The Saddle Hill Community Board asked the council to support
its project to improve the Brighton Domain. There was a
perceived lack of buy-in from council staff, which was
The board also called on the council to put a footpath on the
side of every road in the area's communities and improving
Chairman Scott Weatherall said the board was still concerned
about safety on the road outside Fairfield School, and
thanked the council for its efforts to protect the ridgeline
of Saddle Hill.
He urged it to go even further and stop quarrying on the hill
The board asked the council to take another look at landfill
charges, as it saw an increase in illegal dumping when prices
went up, and asked the council to maintain road-care service
levels and reintroduce a budget for sealing gravel roads.
Strath Taieri Community Board members were concerned about
lack of care for some of their rural roads as well, and that
council service levels in general were maintained in their
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board chairman Gerard Collings
said his board sought assurance from council that the savings
being achieved were not going to be at the costs of service
standards for roads, water, pavements, etc in its area.
''We have had comments from members of the community that
they feel things are slipping a little.''
If people could be assured that if they called with a
problem, a contractor would respond, that would go a long
way, Mr Collings said.
The board also sought assistance from council to identify the
impacts for the community if Macraes mine was closed. The
board was yet to be convinced of the benefits of the stadium
events attraction fund, and asked the council to take a
careful look at the benefits or otherwise of that fund.
Toilets at Waitati, pest control at Mt Watkin/Hikaroroa, skip
clean-up days, and the maintenance of reserves and coastal
management funding were other issues the board was concerned
The Otago Peninsula Community Board's number one priority was
the completion of Portobello and Harington Pt Rd road-safety
improvements, in the existing sequence with no further