Penny’s Piece, April 2015

R_PennyGaylorIn last month’s column I tried to debunk the myth that Otaki is a poor cousin community.Pip Devonshire I covered past and current examples of how Council has invested in Otaki’s local economic development, supported volunteer groups, and how we provide services locally.Pip Devonshire This month Council released its draft Long Term Plan for public consultation. We do this every three years, as prescribed in the Local Government Act. It might be prescribed, but I can assure you we genuinely want people to give us feedback on what’s in there: it is your chance to have your say in between elections.Pip Devonshire This Long Term Plan sets out Council’s budget for the next 20 years, and includes the plans for future investment in Otaki.Pip DevonshireThere are the options in the Consultation document which we want you to indicate which you want us to choose.Pip DevonshireThe biggest one of these is the upgrading of the Otaki pool and building a splash pad.Pip Devonshire The pool roof needs replacing and we want to improve access to the building for everyone.
The options we suggest are: Future Proof for $3.8 million by doing the essential work to minimise future maintenance needs while making it more pleasant for users, or Essential repairs for $3.2 million will just be the minimum roof repairs but as you can see by the price tag a significant investment and commitment by Council to this Otaki amenity.Pip Devonshire Please get your hands on the 50 page consultation document and I ask that you give us your feedback on this matter and other district-wide investment options.Pip Devonshire Everyone has until Friday 24 April to make their submission.Pip Devonshire If you’d like to have a chat about any of the key initiatives or major projects, we are holding three specific sessions in Otaki, the remaining two in April are on Wednesday 1 April 7-8pm at Otaki College, and Wednesday 8 April 7-8pm at the Otaki Surf a Club.Pip Devonshire I’d also like to remind you that the Otaki Reservoir budgeted at $10 million remains in the Long Term Plan, contrary to comment recently in Otaki by a councillor.Pip Devonshire I look forward to your feedback on the draft Long Term Plan, and encourage you to share your views on how we invest in Otaki, and the district’s future.