Plenty on committee agendas

Larry Foster

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It is the first committee week under our new CEO Nedine Thatcher Swann. It will be too early to see any changes in proceedings yet, but I expect we will see some new appointments and new faces as Nedine restructures her senior management team.

Nedine’s appointment was for me an easy decision, as she has always come across as a very competent and approachable person. Even with a really capable line-up of applicants. Nedine was the one who interviewed the best and, with her local background and organisational history, it was an obvious and unanimous decision.

Judy Campbell has done a great job over the past five years and has served our community with passion and dedication. She has achieved a lot over her tenure, with minimal rate increases and many completed iconic projects. I wish Judy well for her future and know that whatever she decides to do, she will be very successful at it.

Community Development and Services will be at 9am Wednesday in the Watson Room upstairs at the Gisborne Cosmopolitan Club. First up we have Leslynne Jackson with a Manaaki Tairawhiti presentation. Kim Holland from Activate Tairawhiti will discuss Youth Employment Strategy initiatives and the Workforce Development Project. Gisborne Softball will do a presentation, followed by the Motu Trails Charitable Trust. There are two decision reports — the first being the GDC Community Funding Scheme, which could be increased. The other is an application for funding by the Motu Trails trust. There are also two information reports, a council street tree update and a recreation and amenities maintenance services procurement update.

The Environmental, Planning & Regulations Committee will be at 1pm Wednesday, same venue. There are three decision reports — on the stock control bylaw, a partial withdrawal of proposed Plan Change 60 of the District Plan, and the third is the allocation of the Natural Heritage Fund. There are also information reports on the Managed Aquifer Recharge, with potential impacts on the regional economy, the Government proposal on clean water, a report about the regulatory compliance of the 2016 Rhythm and Vines festival, an environmental health activity report, and an enforcement Animal Control activity report. There are also activity reports from Enforcement Parking, Environmental & Science Services, and finally Building and Resource Consents. It will be a busy day.

The Finance and Audit Committee is on Thursday, 9am. On their agenda is a procurement policy discussion and there are two decision reports, the first of which is the Boplass statement of intent. Boplass Ltd was established by eight councils from the Bay of Plenty region to enable shared services to be delivered to its shareholders, of which we are one.

The other report is the Gisborne Holdings Ltd (GHL) statement of intent. GHL is our council-controlled organisation and provides an annual statement of intent outlining its yearly activities and intentions.

There are 10 information reports; the Boplass half-yearly financial report, GHL interim report, a council treasury management update, there is supplementary information for the 2017/18 Annual Plan draft estimates, and also a procurement discussion about legal services. There will be financial, debt management and treasury reports as at February 28, 2017, an information services quarterly report, and quarterly health and safety reports.

There is an Extraordinary Council Meeting at 11.30am.

The Assets and Infrastructure Committee meets at 1pm and has six information reports. A recreation and amenity services procurement update, the dust mitigation projects update, and there are activity summaries from Flood Control, Water Supply, Wastewater and Urban Stormwater.

It is the first committee week under our new CEO Nedine Thatcher Swann. It will be too early to see any changes in proceedings yet, but I expect we will see some new appointments and new faces as Nedine restructures her senior management team.

Nedine’s appointment was for me an easy decision, as she has always come across as a very competent and approachable person. Even with a really capable line-up of applicants. Nedine was the one who interviewed the best and, with her local background and organisational history, it was an obvious and unanimous decision.

Judy Campbell has done a great job over the past five years and has served our community with passion and dedication. She has achieved a lot over her tenure, with minimal rate increases and many completed iconic projects. I wish Judy well for her future and know that whatever she decides to do, she will be very successful at it.

Community Development and Services will be at 9am Wednesday in the Watson Room upstairs at the Gisborne Cosmopolitan Club. First up we have Leslynne Jackson with a Manaaki Tairawhiti presentation. Kim Holland from Activate Tairawhiti will discuss Youth Employment Strategy initiatives and the Workforce Development Project. Gisborne Softball will do a presentation, followed by the Motu Trails Charitable Trust. There are two decision reports — the first being the GDC Community Funding Scheme, which could be increased. The other is an application for funding by the Motu Trails trust. There are also two information reports, a council street tree update and a recreation and amenities maintenance services procurement update.

The Environmental, Planning & Regulations Committee will be at 1pm Wednesday, same venue. There are three decision reports — on the stock control bylaw, a partial withdrawal of proposed Plan Change 60 of the District Plan, and the third is the allocation of the Natural Heritage Fund. There are also information reports on the Managed Aquifer Recharge, with potential impacts on the regional economy, the Government proposal on clean water, a report about the regulatory compliance of the 2016 Rhythm and Vines festival, an environmental health activity report, and an enforcement Animal Control activity report. There are also activity reports from Enforcement Parking, Environmental & Science Services, and finally Building and Resource Consents. It will be a busy day.

The Finance and Audit Committee is on Thursday, 9am. On their agenda is a procurement policy discussion and there are two decision reports, the first of which is the Boplass statement of intent. Boplass Ltd was established by eight councils from the Bay of Plenty region to enable shared services to be delivered to its shareholders, of which we are one.

The other report is the Gisborne Holdings Ltd (GHL) statement of intent. GHL is our council-controlled organisation and provides an annual statement of intent outlining its yearly activities and intentions.

There are 10 information reports; the Boplass half-yearly financial report, GHL interim report, a council treasury management update, there is supplementary information for the 2017/18 Annual Plan draft estimates, and also a procurement discussion about legal services. There will be financial, debt management and treasury reports as at February 28, 2017, an information services quarterly report, and quarterly health and safety reports.

There is an Extraordinary Council Meeting at 11.30am.

The Assets and Infrastructure Committee meets at 1pm and has six information reports. A recreation and amenity services procurement update, the dust mitigation projects update, and there are activity summaries from Flood Control, Water Supply, Wastewater and Urban Stormwater.

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