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Project Manager appointed
Francois Pienaar, an experienced Project Manager for the
Council, has been appointed as the Project Manager for
You can meet him at this week's Community Forum.
Francois has hit the ground running, spending all day
Monday in Hamilton with Regional Council staff putting together a
project plan and the tender documents so we can appoint a contractor
to begin testing private property.
As soon as we have a finished plan, we'll send this out
and talk about it at Community Forum.
Our goal is to have a company appointed pre-Christmas,
with testing underway shortly thereafter.
We will be calling property owners soon to arrange
appointments to collect soil samples.
Our end game for this phase of the project is March
2012, as this is the MfE's deadline for the next application round
for the 'remediation fund', so we need to have the testing and
reports done before then so we know how much to apply for!
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80% of residents have sent back their permission
A big thank you to those who have sent in their
permission forms, so we can organise soil tests for your property.
We have collected 80% so far.
If you haven't filled one in, download
one here and bring it in to us or post it in.
You can also pick up a copy at our Thames
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Community Forum Feedback
Remember we are meeting residents and stakeholders every
Thursday at 3.30pm at the Moanataiari Primary School, all
One question that was raised last week was, how
high should I be growing my grass?
Answer: we are raising our mowers a "notch" to reduce
dust, we advise residents to do the same or more, if you notice
dust is an issue when mowing your lawns.
Residents also asked about the final report from the
consultants tasked with the soil testing at Moanataiari in October
and November. You can now download the report here
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What we're doing around the area
We have raisied the level we cut grass "up a notch" when mowing
public land on the subdivision to reduce dust.
The carpets at the three schools have been commercially
have removed the old top soil in the raised veggie gardens at
the primary school and this week will be capping the garden and
replacing it with fresh commercially derived soil and then
concreting around the raised gardens.
We have dust sealed Owen Street and are dust sealing the carpark and
a few 'dusty spots' around the Early Childhood Education Centre.
We are picking up a bit of top soil that residents have recently dug
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Next steps and timeframes
The Thames-Coromandel District Council, Waikato Regional
Council, the Waikato District Health Board and the Ministry for the
Environment are working together to:
Develop the project plan and tender documents (to appoint a
contractor) for the testing of private property.
Carry out further testing and analyse the implications of the
Decide what land remediation measures are necessary.
Manage the public health risk associated with the contamination.
are still aiming for the testing and subsequent reports to be
finished by March 2012, so a new funding application can be lodged
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Stay in touch
We are holding community forums every Thursday at 3.30pm
at the Moanataiari Primary School, so feel free to come along have a
chat with us at this informal catch-up.
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visit our website to find out more about the Moanataiari
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