Amalgamation set for year-end now

EDITORIAL

The proposed amalgamation of Heart of Gisborne into economic development agency Activate Tairawhiti is set to take two months longer than anticipated in June.

An update for the council’s Finance and Audit committee, which meets tomorrow from 9am, says an additional contract extension is sought for HofG “as negotiations are progressing well and in good faith; however, timing issues for all parties mean it is not possible to complete due process for the amalgamation by 30 September”.

Responsibility for the Gisborne Camera Trust that monitors the inner city has been removed from the amalgamation discussions. The report for councillors says the council will pay the $5000 collected from the targeted inner-city rate for this directly to the trust in future; the $12,000 the council spends on maintenance and operations of the CCTV network will remain unchanged; and the ongoing funding structure of the trust will be considered after a decision has been made on the amalgamation.

Post-amalgamation, “Activate Tairawhiti will employ Lana Davy from HofG to continue delivering the programme of events and promotions in the city centre, with AT’s resources and expertise assisting Lana in the planning and delivery of those services.”

A final decision report on amalgamation will come before the council at a November 15 meeting.

Legal considerations include: funds collected must be used for their stated purpose — in this instance, city centre management and promotion; services can be contracted out to third parties, but the obligation to ensure rates funds are applied to the correct purpose remains a council obligation.

n The Assets and Infrastructure meeting tomorrow from 1pm will be an interesting one. The only report for councillors is an update on the Provincial Growth Fund announcements of $152.7 million of investment here, and implications for the delivery of capital works.

“A large component of this funding is for infrastructure works which will be delivered by council and, in particular, Tairawhiti Roads. A presentation will . . . (outline) in detail the PGF announcements and the delivery models being considered for the works.”

The proposed amalgamation of Heart of Gisborne into economic development agency Activate Tairawhiti is set to take two months longer than anticipated in June.

An update for the council’s Finance and Audit committee, which meets tomorrow from 9am, says an additional contract extension is sought for HofG “as negotiations are progressing well and in good faith; however, timing issues for all parties mean it is not possible to complete due process for the amalgamation by 30 September”.

Responsibility for the Gisborne Camera Trust that monitors the inner city has been removed from the amalgamation discussions. The report for councillors says the council will pay the $5000 collected from the targeted inner-city rate for this directly to the trust in future; the $12,000 the council spends on maintenance and operations of the CCTV network will remain unchanged; and the ongoing funding structure of the trust will be considered after a decision has been made on the amalgamation.

Post-amalgamation, “Activate Tairawhiti will employ Lana Davy from HofG to continue delivering the programme of events and promotions in the city centre, with AT’s resources and expertise assisting Lana in the planning and delivery of those services.”

A final decision report on amalgamation will come before the council at a November 15 meeting.

Legal considerations include: funds collected must be used for their stated purpose — in this instance, city centre management and promotion; services can be contracted out to third parties, but the obligation to ensure rates funds are applied to the correct purpose remains a council obligation.

n The Assets and Infrastructure meeting tomorrow from 1pm will be an interesting one. The only report for councillors is an update on the Provincial Growth Fund announcements of $152.7 million of investment here, and implications for the delivery of capital works.

“A large component of this funding is for infrastructure works which will be delivered by council and, in particular, Tairawhiti Roads. A presentation will . . . (outline) in detail the PGF announcements and the delivery models being considered for the works.”

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