For those interested in Council stuff here is a quick summary of next Tuesday's meeting which will basically see the election of a new Deputy Mayor - Will Anthony Mayne get the job again? A wise advisor and long term Council observer to The Beagle offered the following: "Some think not as it is a numbers game and the numbers are speculated that Pollock will get it if he stands because Lindsay Brown is seen as a clear rival of the Mayor, having been soundly defeated in the last election. "Mayne has been quite uppity of the Mayor of late and there has been some back room stuff that appears to have diminished the good favour he may have had. "So not Brown, not Mayne, not Nathan as she is on holiday, so that then leaves Tait, Constable and McGinlay. "Constable and McGinlay are the Team of Two who have developed a reputation of challenging staff and fellow councillors and they have shown themselves to be their own men and to be representative of the community. This doesn't auger well in the vote stakes. "That leaves Pollock and Thompson because everyone knows that Jack Tait didn't want to be a councillor so it is strongly doubted he wants to be a Deputy Mayor and "assume the role of Mayor on occasions when the Mayor has been absent". "Rob Pollock might accept nomination however he has been the bridesmaid for thirty years and doesn't actually enjoy the fact that Deputy is not the top position. He is capable of filling in though and that is important for the "face" of Eurobodalla. "The outsider is James Thomson. He's likeable, unblemished, a young man coming up through the ranks with the ear of the Mayor and the respect of all of his co-councillors. James would be a diplomatic option that would block Constable and McGinlay by diverting the Gang of Seven votes without pandering to egos." Ladies and Gentlemen - Bets please...
From next Tuesday's agenda GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORTS
GMR17/035 Position of Deputy Mayor For many years, Eurobodalla Shire Council has created the position of Deputy Mayor, usually for a period of one or two years. Deputy Mayors have assumed the role of Mayor on occasions when the Mayor has been absent. The report to Council seeks Council’s decision on whether it wishes to create the position of Deputy Mayor and if so, the term of that position
and the method of voting for the position. THAT in accordance with section 231 of the
Local Government Act 1993:
1.Council resolve to create the position of Deputy Mayor;
2.Council determine the term of appointment for the position of Deputy Mayor;
3.Council determine whether the method of voting for election to the position of Deputy
Mayor is to be by ordinary ballot or open voting;
4.Nominations be called for the position of Deputy Mayor and the election be conducted as determined in (3) above;
5.The result of the election be provided to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government and the Chief Executive of Local Government NSW, along with the local media and other councils in New South Wales.
GMR17/036 Adoption of Policies The following policies have been placed on public exhibition and no submissions were received:
1.Town Signs - The purpose of this policy is to provide opportunity for communities to
promote the location and character of their town or village in a simple and attractive form of signage that is sensitive to its environment in its location, size and design. This recognises the value to the community of signage that promotes local places of interest for locals and tourists
alike. Town Signs Policy - Council will comply with the;
·Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979;
·Local Government Act 1993;
·Roads Act 1993;
·State Environmental Planning Policy No. 64 Advertising and Signage (SEPP 64)
In addition, all signs referred to in this policy must comply with
Australian Standard AS1743: Road Signs Specifications.
2.Bus Stops and Bus Zones Policy
3.Pressure Sewer Systems Policy
4.Rural School Bus Routes and Bus Stops Policy
5.Water Supply and Sewerage Headworks Charges Policy
The report recommends adoption of those policies
PLANNING AND SUSTAINABILITY REPORTS- Nil
IR17/056 Funding Offer - NSW Government Country Passenger Transport
Infrastructure Grants Scheme 2015 Transport for NSW wrote to Council in July 2017 with an offer of $62,000 in 2015-17 Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme funding.
The grant application sought funding for six bus shelters identified for renewal located at:
·Coronation Drive, Broulee ·Beach Road, Surf Beach (near no 655)
·Mort Avenue, Dalmeny
·Birdwood Circle, Tuross Head
·George Bass Drive, Tomakin between intersections of Ainslie Para
de and Tomakin Road (southbound)
·Maunsell Street, Moruya.
Signage and accessible features will be added to a bus stop on Beach Road, Sunshine Bay.
Grant funding provides a contribution to the up-front capital costs of the project. Council will remain responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the shelters through existing budgets.
Existing bus shelters in the identified locations are at, or nearing the end of, their lifecycle.
The replacement bus shelters will continue to be Council assets and will be incorporated into asset maintenance schedules.
IR17/058 Funding Offer - Australian Government Black Spot Program 2017
and NSW Government Active Transport Program 2017 Council endorse the actions taken to accept the grant funding offer of $634,500 under the Australian Government’s Black Spot funding for safety improvements to Eurobodalla Road, Bodalla and Yarragee Road, Moruya.
2.Council endorse the actions taken to accept $185,500 in grant funding under the NSW
Government’s Active Transport funding for construction of shared pathways along
Bergalia Street, Moruya and McMillan Road, Narooma.
3.The matching grant funding for the McMillan Road shared pathway be provided by
deferring the Evans Street, Moruya and Princes Highway, Narooma footpath projects
to 2018-19 and reducing the scope of works on the Mirrabooka Avenue, Moruya
CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL SERVICES REPORTS
CCS17/072 Investments made as a t 31 August 2017
CCS17/073 Property Matter - Lot 277 Tuross Boulevarde, Tuross Head
CCS17/074 Land acquisition for carpark, Wharf Street, Nelligen
CCS17/075 Licence for Charity Markets - Malua Bay Beach Reserve
CCS17/076 Licence for Moruya Rodeo - Moruya Showground
CCS17/077 Licence for Eurobodalla District Show - Moruya Showground
COMMUNITY, ARTS AND RECREATION REPORTS CAR17/028 Draft Recreation and Open Space Strategy
DELEGATE REPORT DR17/006 2017 NSW Local Roads Congress