Kapiti Observer : May 23rd 2011
Your community partner for more than 60 years MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011 IN BRIEF She feared maths, page 2 Boxes of birds, page 8 Riding round the clock, page 28 INSIDE Search finds goods A man was arrested after police searched a Raumati house on Thursday afternoon, recovering stolen mag wheels and a cellphone. Sergeant Steve Kendrick said police executed a warrant about noon on Thursday at the Matai Rd house. Two mag wheels, stolen in early March, were recovered, along with a cellphone which had been stolen on May 13 during a party. Mr Kendrick said a man was arrested and charged with the thefts, and would appear in Porirua District Court on May 31. Drink-driving arrest A disqualified driver accused of drink-driving was arrested on Wednesday after passengers in his car became abusive to people at the Kapiti Lights complex in Paraparaumu. Sergeant Steve Kendrick said the 33-year-old man was stopped after members of the public reported being abused by his passengers. He was found to be a disqualified driver and, when breath-tested, blew 641 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg. Editorial (04) 298 5019 -- Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- email@example.com Runaway: A Waikanae firefighter checks out a council lawnmower that jumped free from its trailer on State Highway 1. Mower down on SH1 verge By JOEL MAXWELL A council ride-on mower blocked State Highway 1 traffic on Thursday after bouncing from a trailer enroute to Otaki for repairs. Police and Waikanae firefight- ers were called to the incident that left the mangled F-series Kubota stranded on the roadside just north of Waikanae at noon. Acting sergeant Nathan Dickey said police helped control traffic at the scene while oil was cleaned from the road. Emergency services diverted traffic around the mower, which came to rest on the shoulder of the southbound lane. Council acting infrastructure services manager Matt Aitchison said there had been a full investi- gation into the incident. The mowing deck fitted to the ride-on mower had broken down and the mower was being transported to Otaki to have a replacement deck fitted.'' The mower was secured by a 2500kg-rated tie-down strop and the foot brake also appeared to be applied, he said. Enroute to Otaki the mower appears to have worked its way loose . . . most likely due to jump- ing up and down over bumps.'' The bouncing was probably exacerbated'' with no mowing deck fitted, as the weight would have helped hold the mower down, he said. Mr Dickey said no charges would be laid. Council accused of an 'ambush' on meters By JOEL MAXWELL Councillors who vote for water meters will vote against over- whelming opposition garnered in the council's own consultation. Of 193 submissions on metering, 167 were opposed to the proposal -- only 26 not stating a preference or supporting it. The submissions have been compiled as hearings start on the metering change and the annual plan tomorrow in the council chambers. Kapiti Water Action Group spokesman Sam Buchanan said the proposal was an ambush'' and councillors were still able to ignore the opposition from the consultation. They can, of course. That would be very undemocratic but they can legitimately [do it] -- they have set up this latest attempt at meters well away from election year.'' Mr Buchanan said the consul- tation results were as clear an indication as possible, barring a referendum, that the community was opposed to meters. That opposition even came from the Waikanae Community Board, which questioned nearly every aspect of the metering argument made by the council. The board is concerned at the speed metering was brought for- ward as the principle method of dealing with water issues'' in Kapiti. It urged the council not to divert money from the Waikanae River recharge scheme and dam site purchase till these projects were substantially advanced. There has been no robust costings'' for meter installations, and ratepayers could not make an informed decision because the water charges and costs for meter maintenance and reading were unknown, the submission stated. The board also raised concern about the numerous multi- dwelling properties in Kapiti sup- plied by a single water main. The cost of placing multiple con- nections and meters on these properties would be an expensive and totally uncosted'' part of water meter installation. Meanwhile, submissions will test the political will of council- lors, almost all of whom had con- firmed in-principle support for meters to the Kapiti Observer. Nine of the 10 councillors last week gave support for meters. Waikanae ward councillor Tony Lloyd said he had mixed feelings'' about the proposal and wanted more information from staff. The metering proposal was revealed in March, with the issue not featuring in October's council elections. The 193 responses were part of a consultation tagged to the annual plan consultation, which gained 89 responses. Council chief executive Pat Dougherty said the submissions on water meters had been analysed and raised some 20 common issues''. He said 23 of the submitters on meters would speak at the hearings this week, and 35 submitters on the draft annual plan wanted to be heard. The council will consider the submissions at the start of June with a final vote, on changing the long-term plan to introduce a meter charge later in the month. If the councillors accepted the change, meter installation would start in July next year and be completed in September 2013.
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