Strath Taieri Community Board



Confirmed minutes of an ordinary meeting of the Strath Taieri Community Board held in the Strath Taieri Community Centre, Middlemarch on Thursday 26 May 2016, commencing at 2.00 pm





Barry Williams


Deputy Chairperson

Joan Wilson



Russell Anderson

Bevan Dowling


Karen Dunn

Cr Mike Lord


Noel Matthews




Kristy Rusher (Manager Civic and Legal)




1       Public Forum

There was no Public Forum.   


2       Apologies

There were no apologies.


3       Confirmation of agenda



Moved (Cr Mike Lord/Karen Dunn):


That the Board:


Confirms the agenda with the following addition or alteration:


Addition of Hyde Cemetery Trust grant application, which could not be held over until the next meeting due the availability of volunteer labour, and the need for work to be completed as soon as practicable due to weather conditions.


Motion carried (STCB/2016/007)



4       Declarations of interest

Members were reminded of the need to stand aside from decision-making when a conflict arose between their role as an elected representative and any private or other external interest they might have.


Bevan Dowling declared an interest in the Hyde Cemetery Grant

5       Confirmation of Minutes

5.1    Strath Taieri Community Board meeting - 14 April 2016


Moved (Deputy Chairperson Joan Wilson/Bevan Dowling):


That the Board:


Confirms the minutes of the Strath Taieri Community Board meeting held on 14 April 2016 as a correct record.


Motion carried (STCB/2016/008)


Part A Reports

6       Governance Support Officer's Report



The Governance Support Officer updated the Board on the following matters

·         Drain Jetting Programme

·         Taieri River Management Strategy submission

·         Middlemarch Cemetery update

·         Pukerangi Sign

·         NZTA update

·         Action List

Advice was to be sought from the Electoral Officer on the date for the campaign period and advertising for elections.


Joan Wilson would book an advertisement in the Taieri Pet regarding the election timetable.


The Chair advised that the NZTA had not been in contact in regards to the increased presence of yellow lines, after Graeme Hall confirmed he would be.



Moved (Cr Mike Lord/Bevan Dowling):


That the Board:


Agrees Deputy Chairperson Joan Wilson was to circulate a petition addressed to the NZTA  highlighting the issue of the limited legal passing areas and to request the addition of ice signal lights for motorist safety on State Highway 87 from Middlemarch to Mosgiel.


Motion carried (STCB/2016/009)



Moved (Cr Mike Lord/Noel Matthews):


That the Board:


Requests an onsite meeting with Russell Anderson and a Council Roading Inspector explaining a road slumping issue.


Requests Merrin McCrory to attend the onsite meeting and the next Strath Taieri Community Board meeting, and this be added to the Action List.


Motion carried (STCB/2016/010)



Moved (Karen Dunn/Russell Anderson):


That the Board:


a)     Notes the report.

b)     Approves the removal of completed items from the Action List.

c)     Approves the addition of requests to the Action List.

Motion carried (STCB/2016/011)


7       Funding


Taieri Pipe Band - Anzac Day Service



Moved (Karen Dunn/Russell Anderson):


That the Board:


Agrees to pay $205.00 to the Taieri Pipe Band for transportation to the Anzac Day Service.


 Motion carried (STCB/2016/012)



Hyde Cemetery Trust



Moved (Deputy Chairperson Joan Wilson/Karen Dunn):


That the Board:


Agrees to pay $2,000.00 to aid the Hyde Cemetery Trust in the erection of an information shelter to educate visitors about the Hyde Cemetery.


Motion carried (STCB/2016/013)


7       Chairperson's Report


The Chairperson:

·         Raised concerns about the lack of progress on the Sutton Swing bridge.  Engineers were to inspect it to increase the ton weight from 5 – 19 tonnes.  This was to be added to the Action List to get an update on progress.


·         Gravel extraction - applied to Regional Council. 


·         Defibrillator is now located in Cooks yard and has the new battery which was funded by the Community Board.


·         Hall heating and double glazing.  Maintenance was occurring at the wrong time of the year.  Weed spraying should occur at a more effective time.  Heating and potbelly now to be removed.  This was to be added to the Action List and the  Property team prompted to install new heating and double glazing.


·         Add to Action List the outcome of Annual Plan submission for Strath Taieri swimming pool.


8       Council Activities


Councillor Lord gave an update on recent Council activities



·         Annual Plan is completed, the general outcome is Council is looking at doing more and paying more debt.  Rate rise under 3%

·         Election campaigns are being announced.

·         Flood Report.

·         Gigatown: 65% of the CBD can now be connected, totally 6,000 connections in the city.

·         Gravelling targeted in Taieri.

·         Councillor Kate Wilson passed a resolution at Annual Plan that the Council start to invest in electric cars.


9       Notification of Agenda Items for Consideration by the Chair


A grant application was received from Strath Taieri School for a $2,000.00 contribution to IT equipment.





The meeting concluded at 3.05 pm.