Daily Archives: January 15, 2011

Carisbrook houses – Burns St

### ODT Online Wed, 12 Jan 2011
Burns St houses may be sold soon
The sale of eight properties near the Carisbrook stadium could be concluded this month. City council staff were still assessing bids for the Burns St properties yesterday after tenders closed last month, council property assistant manager Rhonda Abercrombie said. The industrial-zoned properties have a rateable value of more than $1 million.
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tagging / graffiti crimes

### ODT Online Sat, 15 Jan 2011
Mass clean-up follows holiday graffiti spate
By Hamish McNeilly
A mass clean-up is under way to rid Dunedin of graffiti after a spate of tagging during the Christmas break. Keep Dunedin Beautiful co-ordinator Darlene Thomson said there had been a “lot of complaints” since Christmas, and Taskforce Green workers had removed much of the reported graffiti.

Dealing with tagging
• Report incidents to police.
• Take a photograph of the graffiti for police records.
• Remove it as soon as possible so the tagger does not get street credit for their work; graffiti is also easier to remove.
• Plant creeping vines or trees to eliminate wall space and protect fences.
• Good lighting will discourage offenders.

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DCC Annual Plan 2011/12

### ODT Online Sat, 15 Jan 2011
Council may delay projects
By Chris Morris
Delaying major capital projects will again be considered by the Dunedin City Council next week, as part of a drive to reduce a 6.1% rates hike forecast for the next financial year.
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PROPOSED INCREASES
• Consent application: Category A: $862.50; Category B: $258.75.
• St Clair Salt Water Pool: Family season ticket up from $305 to $320.
• Cemeteries: Burial rights up from $1521 to $1688.
• Parking: One-month permit (except Octagon and George St to Albany St) up from $388 to $410.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW
• Wednesday: Councillors’ pre-draft annual plan workshop.
• Thursday-Friday: Public pre-draft annual plan meeting for debate and decisions (resuming January 31 if required).
• May 4-6: Public hearings (three days).
• May 11-12: Annual plan deliberations.
• June 7: Council considers annual plan recommendations.
• June 27: Council adopts annual plan; confirms rates for 2011-12.

### ODT Online Sat, 15 Jan 2011
Debt means ‘continued prudence’
By Stu Oldham
Dunedin city councillors sit down next week to grapple with the first year of a projected rates hump that will last the term of the present council. The elected representatives’ test will be to strike a balance between controlling spending – and therefore the burden on ratepayers – while guiding the city forward. Reporters Chris Morris and Stu Oldham examine the issues.
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DCC Budget (see items)

Council may raise rents
DCC to look at raft of fee increases for 2011-12
Cuts in library services, programmes proposed

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Just when DCC thought no-one was watching

Evidence Jim’s last hurrah . . .

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Dunedin City Council
Media Release

DCC Water and Wastewater Services – A Council Controlled Organisation?

This item was published on 14 Jan 2011.

Following a series of workshops and reports over the past two years, the Dunedin City Council will next Thursday consider creating a new Council Controlled Organisation to run water and waste utility services on behalf of the city.

A Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) is one that is owned by and reports to Council, but operates independently, governed by a board of directors appointed by the Council. It would be commercially disciplined while being funded by the same mix of rates and charges currently funding the services.

About 100 existing Council staff would be directly affected by the change if the CCO is established after consultation. Their positions would be transferred on existing terms and conditions to the new organisation.

Two years ago the Council asked outgoing Chief Executive, Jim Harland, to report on how best to deliver water and waste services into the next 50 years, making it clear that privatisation was not an option as it would be contrary to the existing policy (W101/7) which states that; “Water and sewerage systems should remain in the ownership of the Council either directly or as part of the Council’s operations or through an entity owned by the Council and that the Council is opposed to the privatisation of the city-wide water and wastewater services”.

After consideration of three options – the enhanced status quo, a CCO or a Council Controlled Trading Organisation (which would be required to provide a return on capital) – staff and consultants have recommended the CCO as being the most efficient option. It is expected long-run reduced costs to ratepayers for water services would be about $20 million over 10 years.

This would be achieved through more efficient, commercially focused, processes along with reduced overhead and financial efficiencies.

If the Council approves, the community will be consulted using a special consultative procedure, as defined in the Local Government Act 2002, in the first half of this year. If finally approved, the CCO would be established with a three-year transition period during which it would continue to use Council services such as IT, finance and HR, for example.

Water and wastewater services are currently provided to about 47,000 Dunedin homes and businesses, operating on a budget of about $58 million in 2010/11, a capital budget of $31 million and managing water assets valued at $1.6 billion.

For more information, please contact:

* Dave Cull, Mayor of Dunedin City Council
* Cr Andrew Noone, Chairman Infrastructure Services Committee
* Cr Syd Brown, Chairman Finance, Strategy and Development Committee

Contact Mayor Dave Cull on 477 4000.

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