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'Special projects' chosen for targeted rate

February 11th, 2015
[by David Armstrong]

Projects that will account for around $18,000 of the "special projects" targeted rate were confirmed at last night's Motueka Community Board meeting, with more possibly to come.

The special projects fund of around $25,000 is built up through an annual targeted rate of $5.00 for people in the Motueka Ward. The community board has the responsibility of choosing projects, based on a survey and consultation with the community.

The survey was conducted in September last year through an advertisement in The Guardian and a form on to Motueka Online.

The board chose the four top-voted projects, rejected one, postponed two pending further research, and added in one low-voting project which they believed was important.

The four approved projects were:

  • Contribute $3000 toward signage on the Tasman Cycle Trail, encouraging users to take the trip into Motueka Township.
  • Toward the ongoing running costs of the litter cart.
  • With an associated drinking fountain, to be erected either at the museum frontage or on Wallace Street near the Kaka Beak sculpture.
  • Investigate lighting options and prices for lighting the Motueka sign at the southern entrance to the town, with suggested budget of $5000.

The board decided not to go ahead with any funding for an annual collection of heavy inorganic household rubbish items.

They also decided that further investigation would be needed before trying to implement two of the top voted projects: Road/cycle lane markings on Pah, Grey and Whakarewa streets; and the construction of a shared access way linking Talbot and Manoy Streets.

However, they were keen to go ahead with providing up to $5000 to get the Riwaka tennis courts back in a good state, to add to work being donated by Allied Engineering. This would be subject to finding out the details of when this work is planned to be done by TDC.

It was noted that paying for these projects will still leave a healthy surplus in the board's accounts, so there is room for other projects to be considered.


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