Tender not decided for council building

Hoped that tender will be let about middle of next month.

Hoped that tender will be let about middle of next month.

A Tender has yet to be let for the new council administration building, Tairawhiti Investments general manager Matt Feisst has told the council’s performance, audit and risk committee.

This was one of several rumours circulating in the community he wanted to dispel on the building replacement project that was currently in line with budget.

Mr Feisst said it was hoped a tender could be let about the middle of next month.

There were a number of components to the project, relocation of the council offices being the first significant one, which had come in under budget.

All up just over $1 million had been spent on the relocation.

Some significant contributions from landlords for buildings that Gisborne Holdings Limited was leasing for the council had been negotiated, one of which alone was $500,000.

In saying that, they were managing a total project within a $12.5 million budget and it was expected there would be some ups and downs.

“At this stage everything is on track and on budget,” he said. “As far as we are concerned we are quite happy with where the project is at.”

The amount of asbestos in the building was also within the bounds of what they had expected.

Chief executive Judy Campbell said she wanted to reiterate there was no risk to ratepayers in the rebuild project.

The whole point of transferring ownership to GHL was that any risk was with the gentlemen at the end of the table she said, indicating the directors who were present at the meeting.

There would be no coming back for more money, there would be no change in the dividends the council would receive. It was up to them to manage it inside the budget.

People were picking up on words like “tasked” as though that in some way meant something loose.

This task had been delegated to GHL.

“It is of course my job to encourage the farms and commercial operations to do what you have tasked them with, which is to relieve the ratepayer as much as possible,” she said.

A Tender has yet to be let for the new council administration building, Tairawhiti Investments general manager Matt Feisst has told the council’s performance, audit and risk committee.

This was one of several rumours circulating in the community he wanted to dispel on the building replacement project that was currently in line with budget.

Mr Feisst said it was hoped a tender could be let about the middle of next month.

There were a number of components to the project, relocation of the council offices being the first significant one, which had come in under budget.

All up just over $1 million had been spent on the relocation.

Some significant contributions from landlords for buildings that Gisborne Holdings Limited was leasing for the council had been negotiated, one of which alone was $500,000.

In saying that, they were managing a total project within a $12.5 million budget and it was expected there would be some ups and downs.

“At this stage everything is on track and on budget,” he said. “As far as we are concerned we are quite happy with where the project is at.”

The amount of asbestos in the building was also within the bounds of what they had expected.

Chief executive Judy Campbell said she wanted to reiterate there was no risk to ratepayers in the rebuild project.

The whole point of transferring ownership to GHL was that any risk was with the gentlemen at the end of the table she said, indicating the directors who were present at the meeting.

There would be no coming back for more money, there would be no change in the dividends the council would receive. It was up to them to manage it inside the budget.

People were picking up on words like “tasked” as though that in some way meant something loose.

This task had been delegated to GHL.

“It is of course my job to encourage the farms and commercial operations to do what you have tasked them with, which is to relieve the ratepayer as much as possible,” she said.

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