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Upper Hutt Leader : May 18th 2011
17 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 18, 2011 NEWS 18 Ulric Street, Plimmerton. Phone 04 233 9528 0800 VERSATILE (0800 83 77 28) www.versatile.co.nz * TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. VISIT WWW.VERSATILE.CO.NZ FOR FULL DETAILS presents Ricki Herbert Sunday 22 May 4-8pm COME ALONG AND MEET RICKI (All Whites & Wellington Phoenix Coach & former All Whites Player) • Coaching tips & autographs for the young • Q&A session from 5.30pm Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult or guardian 2 Ward St, Upper Hutt • Ph 528 4825 3735586 3735545AA 30 Camp Street, Trentham Back door petition for central library A 90-signature petition calling for the reinstatement of a back door in central library has been presented to the city council. Councillor Hellen Swales tabled the petition on behalf of its organisers at Wednesday s policy committee. It is the second petition sub- mitted to the council on the issue, bringing a total 170 signatures. A late design change in the library s $4 million revamp last year abandoned the planned rear entrance to existing car parking, causing the protest. A report by council officers on the impact, or otherwise, of the decision to have the library s single front entrance will be pres- ented to council at the next round of meetings. Wednesday petition also called for a book returns drop-off box to be reinstated. Funds vote tonight By COLIN WILLIAMS The funding for 2010-11, whatever the final figure, appears likely to be the last the group receives. A decision to consider an extra $5000 in annual funding wanted by the Experience Upper Hutt promotional group will be voted on by the full city council tonight, but only thanks to a casting vote by the policy com- mittee chairman John Gwilliam. Mr Gwilliam used his chairman s vote after a 5-5 dead- lock emerged from his policy committee on Wednesday. Tonight s full council meeting will see the same people voting on the issue but with mayor Wayne Guppy in the chairman s role instead of Mr Gwilliam. As with the committee decision, Hellen Swales, who is both the director of Experience and a city councillor, will declare a conflict of interest and not take part in any discussion or vote. A yes vote this evening will see the money request taken as part of the city s annual plan process later this month. In the draft plan, already released to the public, an annual budget of $80,000 is forecast for the Experience group. The request for the extra money came with the Experi- ence group s presenting its draft statement of intent [SOI] to the council. When questioned, the chairwoman, Sonja Cabrera, said that without the extra $5000 the group would have to make cuts in its forecast budget in several areas including pro- motion. The SOI was presented to the council after Experience met with its officers on two occasions with discussions centred around making the draft SOI realistic and achievable given the resources available to Experience, a report from chief executive Chris Upton says. The request for an extra $5000 funding was not highlighted at any of the recent meetings . . . and has not been mentioned or included in the draft annual plan 2011-12, which is currently out for con- sultation. The funding for 2010-11, whatever the final figure, appears likely to be the last the group receives. A year ago the council committed to fund Experience at $80,000 a year for three years but deleted funding previously indicated for 2012-13 to 2018-19.
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