Council Projects 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 5:24PM
Bill Barclay

Take a close look at these two projects that were 'approved' at today's meeting, and wonder at the patently false manner in which this information was presented when the fact is that they are only 'provisionally', or 'approved in principle'. This is far different from the impression provided in the headline of the PR release.

""Regardless of whether we are successful in our applications to the Lotteries Commission Significant Projects Fund, our Council and those we are partnering with are committed to ensuring that both the new section of the Rail Trail and the Cathedral Coast Walk do happen," says the Mayor""

Cr Fox (Chair of Audit) was wont to point out that nothing of this nature could be appoved until it had proceeded through the Audit Committee process, and I gained the impression that he was far from happy by this blatant exercise of power by the Mayor. This in the face of the inevitably strong examination that all expenditure proposals are likely to be subject to now that the true financial position of the Council is becoming apparent.

The Mayor was anxious to get these through and out of the way today because because of impending deadlines for Lottery Commission applications. It shows his determination to get ahead with these projects come Hell or high water ("Runs on the board"). I continue to question the legality of spending $1m of ratepayer funds outside of the District (Cycleway) - this question was not asked today, nor explanation offered.

Watch this space.

Update on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 2:00PM by Registered CommenterBill Barclay

Robin is correct - the proposed projects will require public consultation inasmuch as they do not appear in the Annual Plan, as well as the 'tick-off' by the Audit Committee. Neither is a 'done deal'. 

 

 

 

Article originally appeared on BillBarcBlog (http://billbarclay.co.nz/).
See website for complete article licensing information.