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Council to review rebuild decision

MAYOR Meng Foon has announced a review of the decision to build a new $11 million administration block for Gisborne District Council on its Fitzherbert Street site.

His announcement follows increasing debate about whether a full rebuild is needed or whether the existing buildings can be strengthened.

Councillors Pat Seymour and Bill Burdett have called for the issue to be put on the council agenda again by getting five councillors' signatures needed for a notice of motion.

Yesterday Mr Foon said the review had started from his office and that of chairman of the performance, audit and risk committee Brian Wilson.

Mrs Seymour, Mr Burdett and fellow councillors deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz, Larry Foster and Josh Wharehinga, who held their first meeting yesterday morning, supported the review.

Mrs Seymour said today she would pursue the notice of motion as the correct way of revoking the decision to rebuild. The Mayor had asked the other councillors to sign the notice of motion. She and fellow councillor Amber Dunn voted against the decision to rebuild the administration centre.

Review to go on January 28 agendaMr Foon said he had asked that the review be put on the agenda for the meeting of the Future Tairawhiti committee, made up of all councillors, on January 28.

Operations group manager Barry Vryenhoek said staff had been asked to produce summaries of the timeline of decisions and key events from the time of the Christchurch earthquake in February, 2011 until December 15, that would be produced on a one-page document linked to the key decision documents.

A larger document would also be produced, going into more detail of the actual timeline of events with detailed explanations.

A one-page document would be produced detailing the buildings making up the council administrative block, including breakdown of the structural loading standard analysis of each building, by whom and when.

A frequently-asked-questions list would be produced to support this information.

The council would reissue its earthquake-prone building policy which detailed what was required for buildings strengthened to NBS code at importance levels (IL) 2 and 4.

These documents had been produced in draft and forwarded to the councillors for review, he said.

“Once we have their feedback, we will include this in a paper that will be an item at the Future Tairawhiti committee meeting on January 28.”

See also today's editorial

Gisborne District Council Offices. File picture
Proposed new council building.