Although some Council services have been closed
because of COVID-19, Council Chief Executive Wendy Walker says work to keep the
city running smoothly will continue.
“As of tomorrow our Council offices will be closed but
staff will continue to work for the city from home. They are also supporting
the emergency response to COVID-19 including welfare support to our community.
“We’ll be providing our essential services like
drinking water, waste removal, rubbish collection and emergency road repairs.
Our regulatory team will carry on processing resource and building consents,
the contact centre will be open 24/7 responding to requests from the community,
animal control and basic services at the cemetery and crematorium will
continue, our website will be updated daily to keep the community informed and
we’ll use social media to help everyone get through these unprecedented times.
“Remaining separated will be challenging for many of
us and getting some fresh air and exercise can also still be done in our many
walkways and open spaces. Just remember to keep within your bubble.
“Your Council is still here for you so do continue to
contact us on 04 237 5089 and we will respond as best we can during this time,” Ms Walker
Last night the Council held its last meeting before
the COVID-19 lockdown begins.
Mayor Anita Baker reduced the rate increase to 4.98%
from a previously agreed proposed increase of 6.75%.
“This means that the city will have $1.2 million less than we need to fund our work, but during this time of uncertainty we agreed keeping the rate increase at 4.98% was necessary.
“It ensures the
essential works for our city can continue. However, there are significant cost
increases that we will need to look at in next year’s Long-term Plan.”
will cover the shortfall from the reduced rates increase by borrowing. The
interest per annum for this will be roughly $30K.
says the Council would have liked to drop the rates increase further but that
would compromise the city’s basic infrastructure that enables every home to
turn on a tap for fresh water, flush the loo conveniently and move around the
city easily on our roads and pathways.
going through major growth that’s putting pressure on our resources. We’ve also
got infrastructure that hasn’t stood the test of time. Our water, wastewater
and stormwater networks need significant investment and we can’t shy away from
meantime, take care and let’s look out for each other and together we will get
through this worrying time.”
25 Mar 2020