From: Thames-Coromandel District Council [tcdc_noreply@tcdc.govt.nz]
Sent: Tuesday, 6 December 2011 4:29 p.m.
To: Ben Day
Subject: Moanataiari Project: Update # 3 - Project Manager Appointed

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Project Manager appointed

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Francois Pienaar, an experienced Project Manager for the Council, has been appointed as the Project Manager for Moanataiari.

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 forms

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 Service Centre.

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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 welcome.

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 (15mb).

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What we're doing around the area

1. We have raisied the level we cut grass "up a notch" when mowing public land on the subdivision to reduce dust.

2. The carpets at the three schools have been commercially cleaned.

3. We 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.

4. We have dust sealed Owen Street and are dust sealing the carpark and a few 'dusty spots' around the Early Childhood Education Centre.

5. We are picking up a bit of top soil that residents have recently dug up during their DIY jobs.

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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:

1. Develop the project plan and tender documents (to appoint a contractor) for the testing of private property.

2. Carry out further testing and analyse the implications of the results.

3. Decide what land remediation measures are necessary.

4. Manage the public health risk associated with the contamination.

We are still aiming for the testing and subsequent reports to be finished by March 2012, so a new funding application can be lodged with the MfE for any remediation work (50% of the costs).

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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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Project Background

Please visit our website to find out more about the Moanataiari project.

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