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[{"id":0,"preferredOptionText":"Please select a category"},{"id":16,"preferredOptionText":"We propose to increase the investment in renewals and capital upgrades in the first year and maintain a similar level of maintenance costs in the short term, increasing after 2023, to keep rates affordable.\r\nWe would undertake a 50\/50 mix of proactive and reactive maintenance. We\u2019ll focus first on those roads that need renewals, roads prone to closures, and high volume roads needed for the safe travel of people and freight. This will provide a better level of service than we have now.\r\nThe budget increase is manageable enough over the life of the plan to minimise the impact on rates. There'll be no impact on debt levels, as\r\nthe work is fully funded by reserves and rates."},{"id":18,"preferredOptionText":"Of the 5 options we surveyed on, Option 3 was the one that most matched your priorities. To make this option more affordable we propose to build it in two phases. Between 2020 and 2023 we would implement\r\nPhase One which includes clarification, solid removal and UV disinfection. This would meet all water quality standards in the consent and bring the treatment of our wastewater up to par with most wastewater disposal systems in the country. It would be safe to swim close to the ocean outfall and a very low chance of contamination to shellfish on the beach. We'd take on debt to fund the full cost of Phase\r\nOne ($24.3m) during those years and increase rates to pay it back over time starting from 2023. The wastewater would still go into the bay until\r\na viable alternative for use or disposing of the water can be identified for implementing Phase Two. Implementing Phase Two, which consists of a\r\nwetland that would remove more contaminants (pharmaceuticals and pathogens that can\u2019t be removed through a conventional treatment\r\nsystem) which would then take our wastewater treatment to above average. This phase has not been budgeted to be completed in the next ten years, but would be completed within 30 years."},{"id":19,"preferredOptionText":"We'll replace 54km of old wastewater pipes in the public network, staged over the next 30 years. In the next ten years that'll mean an investment of $15m for renewals. We\u2019ll also increase network performance with $4m for additional jetting maintenance and surveillance for blockages to help the system to cope with extra water (and help prevent overflows in dry\r\nweather too). As private property flooding is the main reason for sewage overflows, we propose to invest $6m (40% of the estimated total cost) over ten years to reduce flooding on private properties. This investment would be limited only to properties that are the worst contributors. We'll take on debt to fund the work each year, and increase rates to pay it back over time. And, we'll also look for alternative funding of $7.8m to do more. We'll continue inspections in the worst affected areas, assisting homeowners where we can. This option means we'll continue to rely on\r\nhomeowners to make and pay for repairs. While this option is a lower cost to ratepayers, it means it could take longer to achieve any substantial reductions in overflows. "},{"id":20,"preferredOptionText":"We surveyed the community in November 2017 and worked with users of the pools to ask what upgrades you\u2019d prefer for Phase One. You told us you wanted \u201cDesign Option 3\u201d. This includes a fully enclosed indoor 50m pool, a learn-to swim pool and spa zone, a new administration centre and changing rooms. Phase One to upgrade the indoor pool, main building and facilities would be completed between 2019 \u2013 2021 for an estimated cost of $21.6m. Phase Two to upgrade the outdoor pools would be done from 2025 \u2013 2026 for estimated cost of $6.9m. We propose to contribute $5.7m of Council funding and seek grant funding for the rest to complete both phases. While there's currently no confirmed grant funding, we're in discussion with Eastland Community Trust. If we don't receive the funding, the timeframes for the project will be pushed out. Annual operating costs are estimated to increase by $536k from the current operating cost of around $950k. However, this option would provide the facilities needed to maximise the use of the pool all year round, grow visitor numbers and provide for a range of activities from competition, health, fitness and recreation. "},{"id":21,"preferredOptionText":"Keeping the Taruheru Cycleway as our main focus, our plan would see it completed over 2021 \u2012 2024 for a cost of $7.3m. We would need to secure 100% of the funding from external sources to get it done. If we don't get the funding it would mean we\u2019d have to revisit funding options in 2021 and push out the timeframe for completing the project."},{"id":22,"preferredOptionText":null},{"id":23,"preferredOptionText":null}]
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To Whom it may concern
Something needs to change NOW! The current waste solution means that Gisborne’s waste gets released out into our rivers and oceans. Gisborne is know for our world class waves and beautiful beaches. If our beaches keep getting polluted with waste, future kids and visitors are going to grow up knowing that we have ruined our beaches for them. Is that what you want?
You say that money is the issue. A few months ago we got a letter in the mail saying that we as members of the public have to pay something like $300 to fix the problem that you have created. You are reading this in your brand new multi million dollar building that you built instead of fixing the waste water problem. Also there is a huge new library being built that is a waste of time because the old one was fine, and in 10 years everyone is going to read books on devices. From your offices you should be able to see and smell the waste drifting out into our beautiful beaches. Maybe you should have considered the real problems before you started building these waste of money and time buildings.
The biggest issue that I have is that we as surf life savers have to stay out of the water for 5 days each time it rains. Instead of training, getting fit and learning how to save lives we have to sit on the shore watching

Bonnie Grealish
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