Final touches of Coromandel Town improvements project will be completed in the New Year 28 November 2019 Softer-than-expected subgrade ground conditions, and the discovery of artefacts on two occasions, mean some of the more minor improvements along Coromandel Town's main street will be completed in the New Year. (Photo: Kapanga Road will soon be ready for asphalt sealing.) The main road will be sealed, marked and fully open to traffic and roadside parking in time for Christmas. Work will shut down until after Easter when the gardening, streetlight installation and final touches to the relocated Kapanga Road pedestrian crossing, opposite Samuel James Reserve will take place. The main street will be completely open and free of work from about mid-December to after Easter to allow full access to businesses for summer visitors. This week our contractor for the project, Downer, is stabilising the areas of soft subgrade with cement and then completing the road subbase layer. They will then start constructing the final road layer, the basecourse, next week. “The good news is that Downer will concentrate all of its forces on getting the main street fully sealed and road-marked, ready for Christmas, so it will be in good condition for traffic to use,” says our Council's manager for the project, Steve Bremner. The annual Santa Parade will still take place as scheduled on 7 December from 3pm, starting from Te Tiki Street and down Kapanga Road to Tiki Road to Coromandel Area School's bottom field. “Weather delays, the archaeological examination of the underground brick structure discovered last week (which has now been covered back up), and the time needed to treat the soft subgrades means that Downer just don’t have the time to physically complete all of the project before Christmas,” says Mr Bremner. “After listening to the business community, Downer will be back after Easter to complete the installation of some of the more minor tasks like gardens and street lights,” Mr Bremner says. “Any work left will be timed to be completed outside of the busy season.” The roading improvements are to reduce the steep camber, or slope, along Kapanga Road from Charles Street through to the Karaka Stream bridge by the Hauraki Reserve in order to prevent ongoing damage to building verandahs and make it easier for vehicles to park and to enter and exit the road. A small, mountable roundabout finished with cobblestones is being installed at the intersection of Tiki, Wharf and Kapanga roads, which larger vehicles can drive over. This will help ease traffic congestion through town in the peak visitor season. The stormwater infrastructure along the main has already been upgraded as part of the project and the Kapanga Road pedestrian crossing is being moved to opposite Samuel James Reserve. Downer team members and Council staff have been holding weekly meetings for residents and businesspeople to get an update on the project and also to express any views or concerns they have. The next meeting is Wednesday (4 December) at Success Cafe, 104 Kapanga Rd, at 9am. Read more about the project on our website. Catch the Positive Vibe (Lisa Hamon, Positive Vibe) Every week we are profiling a local business affected by the town centre works. This week we caught up with Lisa Hamon, from Positive Vibe, at 65 Wharf Road. Positive Vibe offers wellness treatments, natural face cream, kawakawa balm, perfumes, face wash, crystals and more. “I enjoy offering my services and products to the wide array of people who visit. I also enjoy working alongside other locally run businesses,” Ms Hamon says. “It's exciting to watch the stages as the project evolves,” Ms Hamon says. “This particular upgrade can only be positive for our town.” “It will better serve excessive water issues in the rainy times and will freshen up the town for us and the tourists,” she says. Ms Hamon has found the weekly project update meetings valuable – she’s been to every one of them and has offered valuable feedback. “Although we are all learning to be flexible as the upgrade continues, I am pleased with the weekly updates with the contractors about the progress,” she says. Ms Hamon is celebrating the second anniversary of Positive Vibe this coming Sunday and is offering 20 per cent off crystals and lamps plus she has other super deals on her stock, so she’s encouraging everyone to pop in and have a look. Or, give her a call on 021 170 7369 or check out the Positive Vibe Facebook page. Coromandel-Colville Community Board elects chair and deputy chair This week, at its first meeting of the new electoral term, the Coromandel-Colville Community Board elected Peter Pritchard as chairperson and Jan Autumn as deputy chairperson. Both are returning to the Board for their second term. New to the Board are Jean Ashby and Kim Brett. Coromandel-Colville Ward Councillor John Morrissey is also on the Board and is returning to our Council after serving previously as Ward Councillor and on the Board. Some highlights from this week's Board meeting: Negotiations with the landowner adjoining the Te Kouma Road intersection with State Highway 25 have begun in order that the roadway at the corner can better accommodate heavy truck movements from the aquaculture industry at Sugarloaf Wharf. The actual physical work will await the outcome of the Coromandel Marine Farmers’ Association application to the central government's Provincial Growth Fund for improvements they wish to make to the wharf. tcdc.govt.nz/coroharbourproject The Pottery Lane extension project is moving ahead, with the design of the intersection of the lane with Kapanga Road underway. The meeting's agenda is on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/meetings. Some big events coming up for Coromandel Town Coro 200 Illume Festival – Sponsorship There is still time to sponsor the Coro 200 commemorations taking place in May next year. The commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the visit of the Royal Navy ship ‘Coromandel’, after which the town and our peninsula is named, will tie in with Coromandel Town’s Illume Festival on May 29-31, 2020. Organisers thank current sponsors Richardsons Real Estate for generously sponsoring the fireworks display, Coromandel Quarry for sponsoring the artists, and Marriage Celebrants for sponsoring some entertainment acts. If you’re a local business and you’d like to show your support, and help make this historic event bigger and better, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org More information: tcdc.govt.nz/coro Refill and win at Christmas in the Park Plastic Free Coromandel hopes its water bottle refill stations will help reduce plastic at local Coromandel Town events. The team will be trialling the station at Christmas in the Park on 7 December, encouraging people to bring a drink bottle for re-filling at the station, rather than buying plastic bottles of water at the event. People who use the station will go into the draw to win a prize. “We hope this encourages people to refill, rather than buy water and reduce the number of plastic bottles that are disposed of at events. They can bring a cup to fill and we’ll be just as happy,” Plastic Free Coromandel’s Robin Mūnch says.