Looking for a new leash on the pound

SWDC staff are now reportedly investigating other options in southern Wairarapa for the new book. PHOTO / STOCK.ADOBE.COM

South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] will now have to secure a new site for its proposed pound after rental complications at its preferred site.

A shipping container design costing approximately $ 240,000 was planned for a council-owned site on Johnston Street, Featherston, to replace the council’s existing pet facility, which does not meet well- to be.

But the land was already leased by Earthcare and a lease modification could not be made.

At this week’s Planning and Regulatory Committee meeting, councilors agreed to recommend that SWDC staff advance animal shelter plans to supply, “as long as a

The South Wairarapa location can be researched and the costs are within the budget allocated in the long term plan [LTP]”.

Last year’s annual plan indicated that $ 240,000 had been carried over to June 2021 to spend on the pound.

The LTP showed capital expenditures of $ 100,000 for the dog pound during the year 2021/22.

Director of Environmental Services Rick Mead said regardless of the site chosen for the facility, it should have septic, water and electrical connections.

“One of the risks we face right now, due to covid, is that we have rising costs in terms of the supply chain.

“We had gone out and talked with the suppliers, but now [the costings] are already 10 to 15% higher than those initially cited.

Councilor Alistair Plimmer asked if SWDC could rekindle discussions with Carterton District Council to have a shared facility.

The latter has already decided to build his own pound after several years of talks with the other municipalities of Wairarapa to have a common installation.

Mead said “the time for talking is over.”

“You are in the situation of the red wire and the blue wire with the clock running, and you have three seconds to choose from.

“We have to decide what to do. The last direction we had was to look at Johnston Street and it was favorable.

But this option was no longer viable because of the lease.

Plimmer said a facility shared with Carterton made more sense than doing it alone, especially in light of the upcoming Future for Local Government review.

“I don’t think you need to be a wizard to suspect that there will eventually be forced fusions on us in the future. I don’t see that not happening.

“Going with Carterton gives a more central location in the future.

“I know [Mayor Alex Beijen] I might not agree with me, but I lean a lot more towards Carterton because I think that will secure us the future.

Beijen said SWDC had previously attempted to make a combined pound with Carterton, but “no one even bid on it.”

“We have the opportunity to have a modular system with our small budget, so we have the potential to make a decision here today to move forward. “

Regarding a shared facility option, Beijen said he was concerned about “overtime, transportation, and spending a quarter of a million dollars on someone else’s assets and not not keep it in our books in south Wairarapa “.

SWDC staff are now reportedly investigating other options in southern Wairarapa for the new book.

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