No public toilets in Oamaru will be closed by the Waitaki District Council after all.
Ratepayers face only a small increase in rates - 2.65% - next financial year over what the Waitaki District Council projected in its 2010-11 draft
Twelve resource consent applications to use water from the lower Waitaki River for irrigation have been granted by Environment Canterbury, including three for a new irrigation scheme in the drought-prone Waihao Downs area south of Waimate.
The Waitaki District Council grants and awards committee has distributed funds to the successful applicants.-
North Otago has started counting the cost of four days of flooding, with fears the cost of repairs to roads and bridges could top $1 million.
Flooding in North Otago has forced the Waitaki District Council to postpone today's council meeting , which was to make final decisions on the rates for the next financial year, and given more time for ratepayers to pay their rates bills.
The Awamoa Park public toilets may remain open, out of four earmarked for closure in Oamaru by the Waitaki District Council to save money.
An events co-ordinator is needed for the Waitaki District and the Waitaki District Council is being asked to find up to $75,000 a year to fund the position.
A special committee to cash in on next year's Rugby World Cup may be set up by the Waitaki District Council to co-ordinate activities to attract visitors.
People lighting fires in the Waitaki district are being warned to make sure they have a permit if they need one.
A trial dredging of Oamaru Harbour next month could provide a long-term solution to keep the harbour clear of a build-up of sand and silt.
If the council decided to add all submitted requests, the rates rise would increase to 2.43%.
Environment Canterbury costs too much to deal with, based on the experience of the Waitaki District Council and some of its ratepayers.
The future of what is believed to be the world's biggest collection of Temuka Pottery - whether to keep it in Oamaru at the North Otago Museum or sell it - could be decided by the Waitaki District Council on Wednesday.
Whitestone Stadium facilities at Centennial Park in Oamaru are falling behind sports complexes in other centres, and the North Otago Cricket Association wants something done about it.
The Waitaki District Council is losing one of its key second-tier managers, corporate services group manager Stephen Halliwell.
The Waitaki District Council has been asked to "show leadership" by injecting $25,000 a year for the next three years into the Oamaru Victorian Heritage celebrations.
Closing four public toilets in Oamaru is the most contentious issue in submissions on the Waitaki District Council's 2010-11 draft annual plan and budget.
A special park in Oamaru where dogs could be exercised off the leash has been suggested by Oamaru dog owner Jan Omnet, who offered to raise funds to set it up and maintain it.
A cycleway along the railway line corridor linking Oamaru and the Pukeuri freezing works has been suggested by the Rural Otago Primary Health Organisation.