Wimmera Mail-Times Horsham Rural City Council blog for May 15, 2017

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6.29pm

Meeting is now considering confidential matters. That’s all for tonight, folks. Thanks for your company

6.26pm

Speed limits feedback review

Cr Koenig asked if Rasmussen Road’s shoulder could be widened if the speed limit is increased to 80 kilometres per hour.

Cr Radford said he agreed that increasing speed limits required suitable roads.

Cr Clarke said the list of changes was obvious and action needed to be taken to tidy up issues, such as roads with no obvious speed limit.

6.25pm

Dooen Landfill

Cr Mark Radford said it was more than digging a hole.

“The EPA requires us to do a lot of things.

“That’s why we need to look at our waste strategy and the amount of rubbish going into the landfill.

“It is expensive. A million dollars can go just like that.”

Cr Clarke said it was one of the most important things that council did and moves to take away waste charge money from councils was unfair.  

Cr Grimble asked for confirmation that the final contract cost was more than $1.044 million.

6.20pm

Horsham Aquatic Centre – price increase

Cr Mark Radford said Horsham had the cheapest family swim in Australia and it would stay that way.

6.19pm

School Hours Care program.

Cr Clarke said she hoped to see an increase in numbers to make the important services viable for the YMCA.

6.13pm

Community Map (you can view it online via the Horsham council website)

Cr Koenig said he was a big fan of the map and tries to get everyone to check out the online map.

Cr Koenig said the designers should add dates to the capital works overlay.

Cr Clarke said it was a great project.

6.12pm

Procurement policy

Cr Grimble said Horsham council should do all it can to support local businesses through its spending.

Cr Clarke said the council gave a five per cent weighting to local businesses in tender evaluations. 

6.04pm

Cr Clarke said the Nujiang Chinese delegation enjoyed themselves, visiting real kangaroos and the giant Koala at Dadswells Bridge.

Cr Clarke also met with the Mail-Times’s new editor Jessica Grimble.

Cr Clarke said it was appropriate to fund seven out of 19 delegates to the Tidy Towns awards in Tasmania given the thousands of hours the volunteers have put in.

5.56pm

Cr Les Power said it was great that Horsham had won a national environment award at Tidy Towns and congratulated Dalton Cross on his highly commended for the young people’s section.

“I am in awe at the amount of volunteers we have in the community,” he said. 

5.52pm

Cr Josh Koenig said there was a lot of engagement during the community listening post he attended, including on rates and public holiday changes.

Cr Koenig also noted how the Anzac Centenary Bridge was progressing.

5.49pm

Cr Radford congratulated Horsham and all the Tidy Towns entrants for the national finals in Tasmania in Friday. He said they should consider a new name as it was about more than tidiness now.

Cr Radford also congratulated Horsham Arts Council and Horsham Town Hall over the Annie opening night.

5.46pm

Cr Grimble says Animal Angels group paid a visit to Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange concerning animal welfare and that another sheep welfare group visited Ballarat’s exchange.   

“These groups may be a minority but they can be vocal at times. Our business takes it very seriously. We welcome their feedback. Our operations are front and center when it comes to welfare,” Cr Grimble said.

5.44pm

PETITION RECEIVED FROM SIXTEEN HORSHAM RESIDENTS REQUESTING TREE REMOVAL IN WITHELL STREET, HORSHAM.

Cr Mark Radford said he was one of the first people to buy a house on south bank and it has turned into one of the most beautiful areas of Horsham.

“Trees are valued, not just by the residents but the community.

“They do drop leaves but they contribute in a big way. I’m sure the bird appreciate it as well.

“I’d hate to see the trees go.”

Cr Radford said a lot of trees had an impacts on roads and properties.

“This is a fine example of good tree planning,” Cr Radford said.

“I have been disappointed by some of the tree removals by this council in the past.”

Cr Radford pointed to a passage of the report about the risk of a barren landscape.

Cr David Grimble said he supported Cr Radford’s comments.

“I think we do need to manage tree removal careful not only for the residents but the community as a whole,” he said.

“I notice a number of residents in the street have not signed the petition. it is important to get their views as well.”

Cr John Robinson said he agreed with Crs Radford and Grimble.

Mayor Pam Clarke said she drove down the street every day.

“The leaves are the biggest problem for residents. they are large and get caught in the down pipes. It’s a big problem for elderly residents,” she said. 

“There are things we can do to assist. It is one of the most beautiful streets in Horsham.

“We have had phone calls from people who did not sign the petition as they did not agree.”

Motion carried by all councillors present.

In response to Cr Radford’s question, councillors were told it Horsham council discouraged residents from putting leaves in standard rubbish bins.

5.30pm

Good evening and welcome to the Mail-Times live blog of the Horsham Rural City Council meeting for May 15, 2017.

You can view the summary agenda here and the full agenda here.

Chief executive Peter Brown peter Brown, technical services director John Martin and Councillor Alethea Sedgman are apologies for tonight’s meeting.

On the agenda tonight:

PETITION RECEIVED FROM SIXTEEN HORSHAM RESIDENTS REQUESTING TREE REMOVAL IN WITHELL STREET, HORSHAM

Purpose To discuss and propose a course of action to address the issues raised in a petition seeking the removal of street trees from Withell Street, Horsham.

 10.1.2 PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT OF NUJIANG – DELEGATION TO HORSHAM

 To update Councillors on a recent visit to Horsham by representatives from the People’s Government of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture.

10.2.1 REVIEW OF PROCUREMENT POLICY

To adopt a revised Procurement Policy (Appendix “10.2A”) in accordance with Section 186A (7) of the Local Government Act 1989.

10.2.2 QUARTERLY FINANCIAL REPORT

To provide Council with the quarterly financial report for the quarter ended 31 March 2017.

10.2.3 COMMUNITY MAP AND CO-ORDINATED IMAGE PROGRAM

To brief Council on recent developments with Council’s Community Map and the Coordinated Image Program (CIP) for aerial photography.

10.3.1 HORSHAM PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT C77 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

The purpose of this report is to seek a Council decision on Planning Scheme Amendment C77 for the Horsham Artist in Residence project.

10.4.1 YMCA OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE PROGRAM

To provide an update on the YMCA Outside Schools Hours Program which is based at Horsham Primary School (298 Campus). Council provided funding to support the establishment and operation of the program.

10.4.2 HORSHAM AQUATIC CENTRE FEES AND CHARGES

To approve the proposed fees and charges for the Horsham Aquatic Centre for the 2017/18 financial year.

CONTRACT 17/030 – SUPPLY AND CONSTRUCT CELL 2 – DOOEN LANDFILL

To present to Council details of the tender evaluation for construction of Cell 2 at the Dooen Landfill. The report recommends that Council award the contract to contractor Teneo and that the Chief Executive be authorised to approve the final negotiations on the contract within the tendered amount.

10.5.2 SPEED LIMITS - VARIOUS

To review the outcomes of public consultation relating to proposals for changes to speed limits in:

  • Hunts Road Haven
  • Remlaw Road Horsham
  • Rasmussen Road Horsham

10.5.3 ROUNDABOUT AT DUFF STREET / RIVER ROAD, HORSHAM

To provide background information about a proposal to upgrade a roundabout at the above intersection.

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