Thursday 26 March 2015
Contract awarded for to seal the Cross Recreation
Clutha District Council has awarded the construction
contract for the sealing of the Cross Recreation Centre carpark, associated
drainage work and line marking.
Council accepted the tender from Southroads for the
price of $171,000+GST, which was 4.7% below the engineer's pre-tender
Four tenders were received for this work, ranging
from the Southroads price up to $227,000+GST.
District Assets Manager Jules Witt said the cost was
22% above the 2014/15 budget, but Council had approved that this additional
$28,000 would be funded through a small increase in the rating requirement.
The impact of this on projected rates ranged from an
additional 30 cents for Balclutha households to their annual amount of $2.36
they pay for the centre, down to an annual 3 cents increase for West Otago
households to the 24 cents they pay a year.
Mr Witt said during last year's annual plan process
the proposed sealing of the carpark attracted 152 submissions and well as
petitions with more than 450 signatures in support of the project.
"The message from the community was seal the parking
area and doing so will help increase the life of the centre's playing
surface by reducing the amount of dirt and grit that it dragged inside on a
Work is expected to start in early April after the
Wednesday 25 March 2015
Contract awarded for Balclutha main street upgrade
Clutha District Council has awarded the main
construction contract for the upgrade of Balclutha's main street.
Council now expect the work to get underway sometime
Mayor Bryan Cadogan said this was a watershed day
for the district after a generation of debating what to do with Balclutha's
"We expect this will be a catalyst for further
positive development in the area. We have a prosperous and
beautiful district and, after this work, we will have a main street that
Fulton Hogan was awarded the Balclutha Streetscape
Upgrade contract for a price of $2.3 million.
Two tenders were received for this work, which were
$2.3million and $2.9 million.
The successful tender was 23% over the engineer's
District Assets Manager Jules Witt said the tender
was above the engineer's estimate, but Council was confident the first stage
could still be done within the funds set aside for the project.
This was helped by the New Zealand Transport Agency
confirming a contribution of $200,000 towards the street lighting, he said.
The first stage of work includes the upgrade of the
main street running between George and Renfrew Streets and the work planned
for the Elizabeth Street town heart and the John Street intersection.
It's expected to be completed by the end of November
Council considers this a critical project and will
be closely monitoring it throughout its construction stages, including
keeping the wider community informed and in particular the affected business
Tuesday 3 March 2015
Water Supply for the North Bruce Rural Water Scheme
As of Tuesday, March 3, the raw water reservoir for
the North Bruce Scheme had risen 2,100 mm or just over 2 metres since its
low-level on 20 February and was expected to be at full capacity by
This follows numerous minor leaks on the scheme
being fixed and rainfall, which would have helped the inflows into the pond
and reduced scheme demand.
This means the conserve water notice issued last
month for the scheme has been lifted, although the normal 'Stage One -
Summer Mode' water restrictions are still currently in effect for the entire
District Assets Manager Jules Witt said that all
leaks were all repaired promptly or isolated after being reported.
He said the next step was to investigate how this
situation could be avoided in the future and discuss possible options
with the North Bruce Rural Water Scheme committee.
Mr Witt said the cooperation from customers was
Tuesday 24 February 2015
Resident Survey Results for 2015
Resident satisfaction with the majority of council
services increased over the past year, according to the latest results of
the Clutha District Council Resident Survey for 2014.
The telephone survey was conducted between 28
October and 19 November last year (2014) and resulted in 300 residents
giving their views about how satisfied they were with various council
Senior Policy Analyst Larissa Brown said most
services had a satisfaction rating of more than 75%. Topping the list again,
with the near perfect score of 99%, was library services, closely followed
by service/information centres which increased slightly from 96 to 98%.
Swimming pools had the biggest improvement in
satisfaction levels jumping by 9% from a score of 59% in 2013 to 68%.
Mrs Brown said this was thought to reflect
improvements relating to Balclutha's pool temperature.
At the other end of the scale, services which
residents thought showed room for improvement included the maintenance level
of local unsealed, gravel roads which had a satisfaction score of 52%,
although this was still a 3% improvement on 2013.
Council faces significant challenges for roading
over the next few years.
On the one hand the survey shows us there are
expectations around wanting better maintenance of gravel roads. However, on
the other, central government will provide less funding assistance for these
roads in the near future.
"As a consequence, Council is working towards a
proposal that instead of maintaining all unsealed roads to current
standards, the focus will be on targeting funding towards the roads with the
biggest economic benefit to the district."
Footpaths had satisfaction score of 59% and were the
service that showed the biggest drop in satisfaction levels from 2013 to
2014, falling by 12%.
"The most common feedback included having more
footpaths in towns and uneven footpaths that some people found difficult to
walk on," Mrs Brown said.
Footpaths are in a much better condition than they
were in 2006 thanks to the Council's upgrading programme, however around 6%
or nearly 8km of the footpath network is still in poor condition.
Council is proposing to renew these areas over about the next ten years.
Mrs Brown thanked all those who took part in the
survey as the information it provided was an important tool to help Council
make informed decisions.
Survey 2014 report can be viewed online
Monday 23 February 2015
Water Supply for the North Bruce Rural Water Scheme
As of Monday morning the water reservoir had gained
600 millimetres in depth.
That equates to 1.1 million litres of water (or
1,100 cubic metres of water) and it is now 58% full.
This follows minor leaks being fixed on the scheme
and some significant rainfall over the weekend which would have reduced
demand and increased inflow into the pond.
District Assets Manager Jules Witt said Council
staff were still working to identify any outstanding problems and if the
situation with the pond continued to improve, Council would review the water
use restrictions at the end of the week.
Mr Witt said cooperation from customers was greatly
appreciated and urged people to notify Council about any possible leaks or
unusual water usage by ringing 0800 801-350 or the Milton Service Centre on
Thursday 19 February 2015
Water Supply Critically Low for the North Bruce
Rural Water Scheme
Water supply for the North Bruce Rural Water Scheme
is running critically low, this affects all customers on the scheme, which
supplies farms and households from Lovells Flat to Waihola, including
Berwick and Tokoiti.
Urgent reductions in demand are required to avoid
widespread water outages in the near future.
This means any unnecessary water use by those on the
scheme such as watering gardens and cleaning cars is now prohibited until
Farmers are also urged to check on-farm supplies for
any leaks and turn-off any systems that are not critical.
Clutha District Council's District Assets Manager
Jules Witt said the raw water level in the reservoir is critically low and
it is suspected there is a major leak somewhere on the scheme that is
compounding the problem.
Council contractors and staff are working hard
around the scheme to identify what is causing these problems and
investigating areas of high demand.
Mr Witt said cooperation from customers is greatly
appreciated and he urged people to notify Council about any possible leaks
or unusual water usage by ringing 0800 801-350 or the Milton Service Centre
on 03 417-8109.
Friday 23 January 2015
Balclutha Centennial Swimming Pool Closing for
Maintenance & Change of Weekend Hours
The Balclutha Centennial Swimming Pool will close
for two days from 9 am on Wednesday 4 February and all day
Thursday 5 February.
The pool will re-open again on Waitangi Day, 6
February, from 10 am until 4.30pm.
Weekend hours will also revert back from 7 February
to 1pm - 4.30pm for Saturdays and from 10.30am until midday & 1pm - 4.30pm
Clutha District Council Corporate Services Manager
Alan Dickson said the brief shut down was so a water meter and other plant
maintenance work could be carried out to make the filtration system run more
Mr Dickson said the dates had been chosen to cause
the least disruption to pool users, with the school year having started
again by then.
Council regrets any inconvenience caused to members
of the public wanting to use the pool on those days, but the maintenance
work needs to be done to ensure continued reliable operation of the pool, Mr
The pool has been running well and without any major
temperature problems since re-opening in September following its annual
shutdown period over winter, during which upgrades were made to the water
Monday 19 January 2015
Balclutha Main Street Upgrade Closer to
Balclutha's main street upgrade is now in its last stage of preparation with
the detailed design, drawings and specifications needed for the tender
document being finalised.
Council expects to advertise for tenders to carry out this final phase of
the project on 31 January.
Manager District Assets Jules Witt said a three-week
tender period should mean a tender could be awarded by mid-March.
He said considerable work had been done to get to
this point of construction.
"It's exciting to think construction work on the
main street may be able to start at the earliest by the end of March,
especially after all the hard work and energy that has gone into the
While construction could start as early as the end
of March, the tender does provide for an alternative later start date of
late May or early June if substantial savings could be made by
construction companies working outside the peak construction period.
Mayor Bryan Cadogan said that, like everyone else,
he was keen to see the project start.
"We have waited so long for this day but it is
imperative we get the timing right, so the disruption to businesses on the
main street is balanced against the optimal period for construction and
potential savings in tender prices."
"We are only going to get 'one shot' at this and our
overriding responsibility is to get the best value for the ratepayer money
being spent. So, while delays may be frustrating, it will be worth it in the
end," Mayor Cadogan said.
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