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Dusty road options debated

Source: odt.co.nz 

Dusty-road-optionsCostly and cheaper options of dealing with dusty roads were debated at the Clutha District Council's recent meeting.

Views about suppressing dust on rural roads was a hot topic in submissions to the annual plan, with many submissions focusing on the issue.

The council opted for a two-fold approach. It resolved to start a dust suppression programme that included having a semi-permanent sealing solution applied to roads, partly or fully funded by residents, as well as allowing residents to arrange and pay for oiling the road themselves, subject to conditions.

The combination was sought by about 70% of those making submissions, Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan said.

Until now, the council had shared the road-oiling costs with residents but the cost was expected to increase by 500% so it was time to review the situation, he said.

Otago was one of the few places where oil-based dust suppression was still permitted.

The council also agreed to introduced voluntary targeted rates for dust suppression, for connection to sewerage schemes or to get financial assistance for home insulation under a recognised scheme.

Rates revenue received in the coming year will increase by 3.39% and average urban rates rises range from between 5.86% in Balclutha to 0.46% in Clinton. The average rural rate will be at a similar level to last year.

The annual plan will be adopted on June 15.

A pumping station will be installed at Palmer Pl in Taieri Mouth to alleviate stormwater issues in the area.

It was identified as a high priority for stormwater improvements and the pumping station will provide more capacity for the catchment to handle heavy or prolonged rainfall.

•Two car parks in the council-owned car park by The Warehouse will be available for a proposed electric car charging station.

•The central Balclutha liquor ban area will be extended, with four sections of streets included. Mr Cadogan said this was at the request of police. The areas upgraded during the recent main street project were now included in the liquor ban area.