Call for overseer committee for bridges scrap
Waimate District Council is still haggling over the spoils of Kurow's two 132-year-old one-lane bridges.
Waimate deputy mayor Peter McIlraith raised a proposal in May for a committee to oversee the distribution of recyclable goods but now says the matter will end in a "bun fight".
He said there was big demand for the wooden structures and suggested a working group comprising the Waimate District Council, Waitaki District Council and NZ Transport Agency be formed.
The question still remained as to who would get what and Mr McIlraith said yesterday the matter would end in a bun fight.
"We need a single committee to drive this; there is no joint committee.
"What we've got now is an ad hoc approach which I don't like the look of; I prefer we have a joint committee as first proposed."
Mr McIraith said Waimate was working through the process of balancing the distribution of recyclable material but a formal resolution was needed, and a committee consisting of Waimate and Waitaki representatives should still to be formed.
The NZ Transport Agency had originally agreed scrap should be passed over to the Waitaki and Waimate councils, Mr McIraith said.
"NZTA are now changing their attitudes; we want an audit of material.
"What's going to happen to the balance of it?"
Waimate chief executive Tony Alden said he understood NZTA wanted to work with Waitaki and Waimate councils.
"Each council has identified what they want," Mr Alden said.
"The groups who would like the wood should contact their respective councils."
Mayor John Coles said he wasn't sure whether councils should get involved.
"It could be a real problem for councils in the end. ‘Why are they giving the material to councils? To save money?"
Waitaki District Council roading network engineer Graeme Butler said NZTA had liaised extensively with both the Waimate and Waitaki councils to establish a process for sharing and hand- ing over the old bridge parts to the communities in both dis- tricts.
"There have been expressions of interest from several groups wanting to obtain parts of the deconstructed bridges.
"The process put in place in collaboration with NZTA will enable the bridges to be gifted to the communities as far as is reasonable and without favouritism or disruption to the construction programme for the new bridges," Mr Butler said.
He said the two councils had recently consulted with other interested groups to assess the demand and extent of bridge parts required for future re-use or other distribution.
"As a result, both councils have determined what they wish to save and have transferred to them during bridge deconstructions," Mr Butler said.
Four key outcomes agreed between the Waimate District Council and the Waitaki District Council over the spoils of the historic Kurow bridges:
- Historic bridge display of 2 x 12 metre spans will be provided by the NZTA to the Kurow Island Reserve.
- Waimate and Waitaki district councils have requested and will receive an agreed proportion of the remaining bridge components (handrails, decks, piles, support steels), which will be transported to locations of their choice during deconstruction. They will manage the disposal onward and liaise with people who may wish to receive bridge parts.
- Bridge components will not be left in storage on the Kurow Island reserve other than for display or temporary storage during deconstruction.
- The remaining materials not identified as wanted by the councils will be disposed of by the NZTA and its contractor without public consultation.
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