KCDC Councillors have been presented with the Kapiti Concerned Citizens ‘Vote of No Confidence” signed by 2000 residents.
The Vote statement says: “We the undersigned, citizens of Kapiti wish to express a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE in Kapiti Coast District Council.
We call for the immediate resignation of all elected members of Council including the Mayor Jenny Rowan.”
Fresh election wanted
The statement also says: “We request the immediate resignations and a fresh election.
We believe the above are in breach of their oath of office as elected by the ratepayers of Kapiti.”
The presentation was made to this week’s council meeting by me (as chair of KCC) and Mike Rodwell, President of the Nelson Residents Association. Mr Rodwell, a former Nelson Councillor came to Kapiti for the meeting with anti-water meter campaigner Rick Miller.
During the presentation in public speaking time, Mayor Jenny Rowan asked, “ What do you want me to do with this after I accept it”
I replied that due to the Mayor’s breaking her promise ‘Not to ignore’ the 8012 signatures in the petition for a referendum on water meters, she could not be trusted with the Vote of No confidence, and instead, Mr Rodwell handed it to the Council CEO, Pat Dougherty.
Mr Miller, had intended to pick up a large scrapbook of news items relating to Pat Dougherty’s 12-year career in Nelson City Council, where he was Water Services Manager ( and then Deputy CEO). During the installation of water meters in that district. However, representatives from another of Kapiti’s lobby groups were allowed to borrow it.
Coastal erosion speakers
Two speakers also made presentations on the Coastal Erosion Hazard Report. One of them, Mr Jeff Ashby, a scientist, was invited to attend a public meeting hosted by KCDC on the 1st of November. This meeting will also be attended by the report”s writer, Mr Shand.
Public speaking time was delayed for over an hour due to the unexpected arrival of the Right Hon David Carter, Minister for Local Government who spoke on the Local Government reforms in progress.
After answering questions from Council members, the Minister was assured by the Mayor that democracy was well and alive here in Kapiti and that all was well.
The Minister was then ushered quickly to his car during a recess although many in the near full public gallery wished to speak to him.
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