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Short list of 'special projects' chosen

September 16th, 2015
[by David Armstrong]

The Motueka Community Board has selected 12 local projects as candidates for targets of this year's Special Projects Fund.

At its September meeting yesterday, the 21 potential projects that were submitted by the general public as well as board members were whittled down to a shortlist of 12, with several other ones being moved into the board's long term plan.

The Special Projects Fund is built up each year from a $10 targeted rate applied to all Motueka Ward ratepayers. The fund presently has about $39,000 and it, and in July the community board asked for ideas on how it would best be spent within the ward. (See our earlier story.)

The shortlist will be published shortly in the two local newspapers and on this website, and residents will be asked to indicate which projects should be highest priority in their opinion. Voting will conclude on October 22.

The short list of projects chosen yesterday, in no particular order, are:

  • Construct a footpath from No 52A Thorp Street to Fearon Street. (An area frequented by many walkers along Thorp Street). Will need stormwater drain upgrade.
  • Contribute to the maintenance/road-marking for the Whitwells car park, acknowledging its use as a public car park [even though it's privately owned].
  • Complete kerb/channelling and footpath along Queen Victoria Street, up to No 172 Queen Victoria Street (western side).
  • Tidy up the damaged/tatty rubbish bins in central Motueka (in conjunction with the Motueka Arts Council).
  • Supply more bike stands in crucial locations around town eg High Street, Recreation Centre, selected sites on the cycle trail or walkways where significant interest areas are located.
  • Assist financially in connection and construction of a new footpath from the Deck's reserve toilets, alongside the Kiyosato Gardens, to Wilkinson Street. This is a heavily used section of grassed verge that would benefit from a concrete connection.
  • Widen Courtney Street (west) so that extra parking can be provided, along with constructing a footpath on the southern side, from High Street to at least the entrance to the Community Hospital. (Motueka South School, St John facilities, Community Hospital and activities, school buses and parents cars).
  • Construct a gravel pathway along Queen Victoria Street between Green Lane and King Edward Street.
  • Erect signs (three) at the entrance/exit points to Thorp's Bush highlighting the botanical significance of the bush as a remnant of lowland podocarp forest.
  • Construct a pathway along Poole Street, west of Atkins Street.
  • Construct a water fountain/water drinking feature in High Street (eg Museum frontage).
  • Resurface the stretch of shared cycleway/walkway connecting Old Wharf Road and Thorp's Bush alongside the Recreation Centre.

One project already decided is to contribute up to $5,000 to meet the final $20,000 cost of installing 20 high-quality security cameras in town (about $15,000 of which has already been raised from benefactors and businesses).

Also about $7,000 has already been committed to constructing further pram crossings at road corners, so the funds available for the projects on the voting list this year will be $27,000 - $32,000.


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