The Waitaki District Council has reluctantly decided to help fund a trust to look at development of the upper Waitaki catchment and Mackenzie Basin.
People will get a chance to question the Waitaki District Council about its draft 2011-12 annual plan and proposed 4.55% rates increase at a meeting on Monday.
The Waitaki District Council has received a payment of $311,735 from Whitestone Contracting Ltd, the company it owns.
A majority of Waitaki district councillors want to return to their chambers in the council headquarters building.
A joint company involving the Waitaki and Mackenzie District Councils is being proposed as the best way to manage and operate the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail.
The Waitaki civil defence headquarters in Oamaru may be shifted for major emergencies because the present site is not adequate.
A 108-section residential subdivision with sweeping views over Oamaru and its coastline has been sped up by the Waitaki District Council because of strong interest from potential buyers.
Waitaki District Council-owned Whitestone Contracting Ltd recorded a loss for the first six months of this financial year, but is confident of turning that around before the full 12 months is up at the end of June.
The Waitaki District Council will have spent more than $21 million upgrading 21 water supplies by 2014, but the largest and most expensive project has already been completed.
Development of Oamaru's historic harbour could get a major boost next financial year if the Waitaki District Council approves the proposed $1.4 million budget.
The Oamaru Borough Council's home for 82 years could become the permanent meeting venue for the Waitaki District Council.
An overall rates rise of 4.55% proposed by the Waitaki District Council in its draft annual plan will get a final scrutiny at a council meeting on Tuesday.
A trust and working party will be set up with the aim of developing the Omarama and Mackenzie Basins collaboratively.
A 4.38% increase in the overall rates take has been recommended to the Waitaki District Council in a draft annual plan for the next financial year.
Plans for new bridges across the Waitaki River needed to be speeded up, the Waitaki District Council's committee of the whole said yesterday, recommending urgent representations be made to Transport Minister Steven Joyce to have them built.
A new $600,000 computer system being installed by the Waitaki District Council will make more information and services available online to people living in the district and to council staff.
The New Zealand Racing Board has called on the Waitaki District Council to change its policy and allow the placement of gaming machines in TAB outlets.
A plan by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean to form a trust for a collaborative approach toward the future of the Omarama and Mackenzie basins has been met with caution by the Waitaki District Council.
A draft rates rise of 7.92% next financial year is likely to be reduced when the Waitaki District Council next week starts making the first decisions on its 2011-12 annual plan.
Fears the Waitaki District Council-owned Dunback or other East Otago water schemes could be privatised as part of a proposal to harvest water from the Shag River have been allayed by those directly involved.