3 June 2020
The first Operations & Monitoring Committee meeting since the COVID-19 lockdown features a packed agenda tomorrow [Thursday 4 June].
The committee will consider a petition and notice of motion calling for free parking in the CBD, council’s financial performance for the 10 months to the end of April, proposed road safety improvements for Ngongotaha Village and the district’s rural schools, and a call from residents for changes to Marguerita Street.
Updates will also be provided from across the council organisation.
The meeting starts at 9.30am.
Call for free parking in CBD to be considered
A petition titled “Make parking free in the CBD to support local businesses” will be presented to Council’s Operations and Monitoring Committee by Susan Jory.
The committee will also consider a notice of motion “that Rotorua Lakes Council make parking free in the CBD to support businesses”. Discussion on the notice of motion was deferred from the recent Full Council meeting to the Operations and Monitoring Committee meeting and staff were asked to provide information relating to parking.
See p11 of the meeting agenda and the links below regarding the petition.
Petition - CBD Parking Comments
Petition - CBD Parking Signatures
See p12 of the meeting agenda regarding the notice of motion
Financial performance for the 10 months to 30 April 2020
Council’s operating performance is tracking slightly behind budget with the COVID-19 lockdown impacting revenues.
April saw user pays fees and charges $429,000 lower than budget, parking revenues dropping $180,000 and building and planning consent revenues more than $140,000 lower than budget for the month.
The reduction in revenues was partially offset by some operational cost savings, mainly due to the lockdown restrictions on provision of non-essential services.
Parking and consents related fees and events-driven revenues are expected to fall short of budget through May and June. Financial challenges will be closely managed alongside tight oversight of expenditure.
Go to p13 of the meeting agenda to view the full financial report for the 10 months to 30 April 2020.
Consultation recommended on Ngongotaha road safety options
The Committee will be asked to support consultation with Ngongotaha residents and road users on options to improve road safety through the village and support future growth.
About 10,000 vehicles travel through the village daily with about 3.8% of those being heavy vehicles. About 2000 vehicles travel intersecting roads Western Road and Taui Street and about 1000 use hall Road daily.
The committee is being asked to recommend to the Full Council that Rotorua Lakes Council engages with the community on three high level concepts.
Following consultation and consideration of the feedback, Council would then be presented with a recommended option and decide whether to proceed. It is expected that NZTA will be a contributor to the preferred option funding.
Go to p50 of the meeting agenda to read the full report on this matter. The report includes details about the three options proposed for consultation.
Proposal to consult on call for Marguerita Street road changes
The committee is being asked to support the council progressing to consultation as part of considering the possible alteration of Marguerita Street to close it to through traffic.
This follows concerns raised by residents about the impacts of heavy traffic on the street which is a mix of residential and commercial/industrial and is also used as a through-road between Te Ngae Road and Fenton Street.
See p78 of the meeting agenda to read the full report on this matter.
Rural School Road Safety Review and option to extend to all schools
Elected members will receive an update on the development and progress of the Rural School Road Safety Review (RSRSR) project including presentation of general findings, recommendations and evidence for future investment.
See p61 of the meeting agenda to view the full report on this matter.
Updates in brief
The operational report provides a round-up of updates and progress on projects, work programmes and services from across the council organisation.
Go to p17 of the meeting agenda to view the report.
Tomorrow’s meeting will be livestreamed. Livestreaming/recording can be accessed via THIS LINK on Council’s website or via Council’s YouTube channel.