Dry July for community board

Te Awamutu Community Board’s monthly meeting for July has been cancelled – because of a lack of business.

Council has minimised meetings in July over the past two years to provide elected members and staff a break over the school holiday period, a representative told The News.

The Te Awamutu Community Board will next meet on August 9.

The board did not meet last July either, and this month’s meeting was initially meant to be waived.

“Because it is our last term, we thought it would be better to have a meeting, but it turned out that nothing was to come through on the agenda anyway,” said board chair Angela Holt.

She said that there was nothing specific that the board needed to grant a resolution for, and that the council’s resources were best directed elsewhere.

Holt said that no member of the public had indicated a desire to talk to the board about anything this month.

“(The staff) are better off getting on and finding out stuff, or talking to people, instead of coming into a meeting just for the sake of it.”

Holt is a member of the Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce’s newly formed Ram Raid Committee. As part of that, she is researching how to make the process of installing bollards easier.

She hopes to deliver her findings to the community board during their next meeting on August 9, as an addition to her chairperson’s report.

In September, the board will have what will likely be an extended meeting, to allocate round one of the 2022/23 Community Discretionary Fund.

“We will be having a couple of big meetings coming up,” Holt said.

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