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Community Board surplus earmarked for pram crossings and footpaths

August 6th, 2010

The Motueka Community Board's hope that it could spend its 2009/10 operating surplus on some long-overdue infrastructure upgrades will be granted, with news from Tasman District Council engineering services that it will recommend to full council that the surplus will go to making some new pram/scooter crossings and footpaths.

As reported by Motueka Online after the July board meeting (read it here, scroll down the page), the surplus for the year just ended showed a surplus of around $20,000. TDC staff present at the meeting felt there would be no problems using the money for footpath work that the board has been pleading for throughout the year, which were making no progress because of council's budget restraints.

Now council's Engineering Services manager Peter Thompson has confirmed that there were no administrative problems to the idea and it would simply need approval from councillors after procedural and timing details were agreed.

In his report to the August board meeting, chairman David Ogilvie suggested up to $15,000 of the surplus be spent, about two-thirds of it on pram crossings and the remainder on new footpaths.

The suggested pram/mobile scooter crossings in priority order are:
* Thorp Street - Greedwood Street (two crossings required)
* Clay Street - Moffatt Street (two crossings required)
* York Street - Clay Street
* Poole Street - Atkins Street
* Woodlands Avenue - Lower Street
* Woodlands Avenue - Wratt Street
* Trewavas Street - Mountview Place (two crossings required)

The suggested footpaths, in priority order, are:
* School Road, Riwaka (section outside the school, linking two footpaths
* Hursthouse Street, from Queen Victoria Street to No 32, about 350 metres, or
* Hau Road, from Queen Victoria Street to the last dwelling, about 450 metres.

David has also asked Council to identify any minor safety projects in the rural area of the Motueka ward (Riwaka, Kaiteriteri, or Marahau) which would benefit from further funds - up to $5000 - from the surplus.

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