A busy agenda has been prepared for today's Dunedin City
Council meeting, much of it tying up the ends of work done over
the past few months.
The adoption of the 2014-15 annual plan and setting of rates
for that year will be the key discussion, with councillors
set to sign off on a rates rise of 3%.
But a handful of other important issues are also coming up,
from a decision to consult on a draft arts and culture
strategy for the city to extending the earthquake-prone
building reporting timeframe and delaying the establishment
of an advisory group for a new city marketing agency.
Councillors will also discuss their own pay rates for the
Adopting the annual plan and setting rates for 2014-15 will
be two of the first items on the agenda, along with the
formalisation of multiple decisions made after considering
more than 1000 public submissions in May.
Statements of intent for council-owned companies for the next
financial year will be considered, including Dunedin Venues
Management Ltd, the company that runs Forsyth Barr Stadium
and which faces significant financial challenges in the
Acting urban planning team leader Dr Glen Hazelton has
recommended, following earlier discussion at committee level,
that councillors agree to informally extend the timeframe for
completion of building strength assessments - given engineer
availability issues - from July 1 this year, to December 31,
2015, unless Building Act reforms supersede council policy
He also recommends the council hold off on putting assessment
results online until a decision is made on a national
Acting general manager of services and development Nicola
Pinfold is recommending councillors delay appointing a board
to advise on the establishment of Marketing Dunedin, the
council's new agency to market the city's tourism, education
and business sectors, until a director has been appointed for
parent group Enterprise Dunedin.
Enterprise Dunedin comprises Marketing Dunedin, the economic
development unit and the i-Site.
It made more sense to wait until the new Enterprise Dunedin
director was in place, but that would not be before the
initial start date for the agency, July 1, although customer
services agency manager Adrian Blair had been appointed as
acting director in the interim.
There would be a public recruitment process to select members
for the advisory board, which would be responsible for, among
other things, advising on a marketing plan, identifying
priorities and providing advice and feedback on campaigns.
Councillors will also be asked to sign off on a busy
consultation programme for a new arts and culture strategy to
guide the development of the city's creative sector.
At this stage the draft strategy poses many questions about
the general direction and specific actions people would like
to see the council take on developing the arts and culture in
Staff plan to consult the public through a series of meetings
and workshops, flyer distribution, posters, social media and
the people's panel.
If signed off by councillors, consultation is expected to
take place for four weeks from mid-July.
Councillors will discuss six matters in non-public session,
including two property matters, one appointment, insurance
renewal and an internal audit report.
•Adoption of 2014-15 annual plan
•Setting rates for 2014-15
•Statements of intent for council-owned
•Marketing Dunedin advisory board
•Draft arts and culture strategy for
•Elected member remuneration rates