— But Council denies Wrongdoing
The Kāpiti Coast District Council has again broken faith with its ratepayers by putting out a tender for thousands of water meters before it’s made a final decision, according to critic Chris Turver.
Mr Turver, a former Regional Councillor, says: “The Council’s cavalier disregard for ratepayer opposition is the final straw in a long-running saga of duplicity and broken election promises.
Decision due on June 28
The Council had announced that, after considering submissions, it would make a final decision on 28 June on whether to introduce water meters for homes and businesses.
But in a formal government tender document it has, without publicity, called tenders for the installation of 11,500 water meters and 7,800 manifolds in the southern half of the district between between Waikanae and Paekakariki.
The tender document says the contract closing date is Friday 15 June – almost two weeks before the Council says it will make a final decision – and it is planned the contract will be awarded on 2 July.
Call for resignations
Mr Turver, a former Kāpiti Regional Councillor and mayoral candidate, says the Council’s total disregard for the normally-accepted processes for decision-making is staggering and the Mayor and Councillors should resign in shame before facing the inevitability of more serious action.
He says the formal 70-page tender document is dated April 2012, proves once and for all that the Council had no intention of taking any notice of public submissions, or an 8,000 signature petition, or the results of its own household phone survey.
He says: “To have completed preparing the tender documents by April means that work must have been going on for months despite heavy public opposition and that means the Mayor and Council must have been party to this secret game-plan all along.”
Mr Turver says it is now going to be hard for the Minister of Local Government to ignore what has been going on in Kapiti, including $10 million in Council project overspends and a $44,000 pay rise for the chief executive.