Sewerage project provides for future

A wastewater scheme and a war memorial upgrade are among projects approved for funding by the Southland District Council (SDC).

Several Southland community groups were granted funding by the council at its meeting last night.

One Winton landowner had asked the council to connect their Gap Rd East pipeline in Winton to the Winton wastewater scheme.

The council approved the unbudgeted expenditure for the cost-share installation of a new sewer pump main, and a pipe-size upgrade from 63mm diameter to 90mm to accommodate potential future connection of further properties.

The total cost of the upgraded main pressure pipeline proposal would be about $70,000. The council would pay about $24,000 to offset the increase in cost to the landowner to increase the size of the pipe, which included a $5500 contingency.

The upgrade difference would be funded from Winton’s sewerage contribution account.

Cr Ebel Kremer requested a record of the running total to "keep an eye on it".

The council also agreed the Wallace Takitimu Community Board could use up to about $13,000 from the Waiau Aparima ward reserve to partially fund the restoration of the Isla Bank Cemetery War Memorial.

Mayor Gary Tong said the goal was to get the project going.

"This project’s been well advertised. It’s been well supported; they just need this capital to finish it."

The memorial required restoration work at a cost of about $30,000.

The original quote for the restoration was about $18,000, but about $11,000 more was required to ensure the soldier was completely secure.

Council staff advised keeping $10,000 in the Calcium Cemetery reserve and using the remaining funds for the war memorial restoration from the Waiau Aparima ward reserve.

Earlier this month, the Wallace Takitimu Community Board decided to wind up the Ohai/Nightcaps and Districts Doctors House and Surgery Committee Fund and allocate the remaining funds — about $40,000.

The council approved the wind-up of funds, half of which would be distributed to the Nightcaps area for the community medical centre and fire brigade, while the other half would be distributed in the Ohai area for the Ohai Health Centre and the fire brigade.

The council also decided to allocate Fonterra’s last set of payments, which had not been entirely used, to the Waihopai Toetoe Community Board to put towards community projects — the interest amount of about $230,000.


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