Council December Meeting Highlights 19 December 2013 Highlights from Council's 18 December Meeting To read the full council agenda click here. Development Contributions. Council is supporting a recommendation to partially fund the interest on development contributions loans through rates for the 2014/2015 financial year.This would not include community infrastructure and it would be a staged and incremental approach to ensure there's a less immediate impact on the ratepayers right now."We've been signalling for some time now that we aren't getting the Development Contributions coming into the Coromandel" says Chief Executive David Hammond."This isn't just a TCDC problem, it's an issue lots of councils around the country are grappling with," says Mr Hammond.Three options were put before Council, which was Option One - funding all DC's loan interest, Option Two - partial funding, Option Three - do nothing.Council supports Option Two which will now be included in our Draft 2014/2014 Annual Plan, which people can make a submission on when it goes out for consultation early next year. Accessibility audits Accessibility audits will now be conducted in Coromandel Town, Whitianga, Tairua-Pauanui and Whangamata following the success of the Accessibility Audit project in Thames.The audits will be conducted in the New Year and will be similar to the Thames Accessibility Audit, focusing on roads and streets.Earlier this year our Council engaged CCS Disability Action Waikato to conduct an audit of the Thames CBD.Over the following weeks a physical audit of the township including: Mobility spaces (disability car park spaces) Kerb ramps Tactiles Footpaths Crossings Street furniture Temporary traffic management Tararu Retirement Village connection Walkways Rhodes Park connection The audit cost of $4,200 and was seen as a 'pilot', before looking at undertaking similar work in the remaining main centres.A community meeting was also held in September to gain further understanding of the local issues and implications, and to better understand the audit process.With the success of the Thames audit, our Council made an application to the Making a Difference Fund, managed under Ministry of Social Development to assess other townships around the Coromandel. We received a grant of $16,000 which will cover all the audits. Economic Development Committee The members of Council's new Economic Development Committee have now been confirmed.They are: Chairperson: Mayor Glenn Leach Deputy Mayor Peter French Bob Renton. Tairua-Pauanui Community Board Chairperson. External members who have now been appointed are: Mr Brent Page - A resident of the Coromandel, Mr Page is a director and part-owner of a nationally recognised computer and IT services company.Mr Page is currently the Chair of Destination Coromandel (our Regional Tourism Organisation) and was instrumental in the successful restructure of the RTO over the past few years. Mr Page brings to the committee extensive commercial and governance experience. Mr Leigh Hopper - A well-known and successful businessman on the Coromandel, Mr Hopper has extensive experience in property development, marketing, contracting and entrepreneurship. As the principal shareholder and managing director of Hopper Developments, Mr Hopper is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Hopper Construction company and the strategic planning and direction of the organisation. Mr Grahame Christian - Mr Christian is a property-owner at Whangapoua, and managing director and single shareholder of Smart Environmental - a large national refuse and recycling firm. Mr Christian has extensive commercial and governance experience and is very also experienced in the local government sector. He is Chairman of the Pare Hauraki Asset Holdings Limited, a significant commercial entity in the region, managing fisheries assets for the Hauraki Maori Trust Board.