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Board makes progress on youth representation

July 19th, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

Further steady progress was made by the Motueka Community Board at its monthly meeting yesterday, including the final, formal adoption of changes to standing orders allowing youth representatives to take part in debates.

The desire to have members of the Tasman Youth Council present at the table with speaking (but not voting) rights was signalled when the newly elected Board took office late last year, but it's taken six months to get the legalities of it sorted out.

"Finally," said chairman Brent Maru when agreement for the changes was unanimously voted in, "we can look forward to seeing youth joining us at our next meeting!"

Special Projects
Further discussion took place on how to spend the considerable amount of money left over from the 2016-17 $50,000 "Special Projects" fund, and then how to prepare the list of projects for the 2017-18 year.

Some of last year's projects, such as completing the footpath on the northern side of Wallace Street to Wilkinson Street, have met snags which are still being sorted out with TDC, and there was a sense of urgency among Board members to get these addressed.

Meanwhile the list of candidate projects (up to $10,000) for the next round will be built at a Board workshop in two weeks, and Board members are asking for any further ideas from residents on possible projects.

So if you know of a nice improvement to the infrastructure or facilities in the Motueka ward which Council has low on its priority lists, and which you think can be achieved within a $10,000 budget, then get in touch with a Board member and let them know, or email the Board.

When completed, the list will be put out for submissions and voting by the end of the year.

High Street trees
TDC's reserves staff passed on their decisions on actions regarding what many see as problematic trees in the centre of High Street, though Board members were not in agreement with parts of the plan.

The tree on the north-east corner of Greenwood Street will be removed, purportedly to ease crainage problems, but for the moment all other trees will be retained at least until the results of NZTA's plans for the State Highway are known.

But because of the shading problems identified around the pedestrian crossings, the trees will be severely trimmed back and pruned to allow more light.

Outdoor gym equipment
The Facebook and Motueka Online survey on where people preferred an outdoor fitness station to be located was conducted a few weeks ago (see our earlier story) and the result was a close run between Decks Reserve and the Inlet Walkway.

TDC staff said that money for the equipment could come from the Reserves Financial Contribution fund for Motueka, which has seen some freeing up of carried-forward allocations no longer needed.

Board members will put together a final proposition and consult with residents as to the chosen location and the types of equipment.

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