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Mayor's idea lands like bombshell on vote
By MAT KERMEEN
Despite the uncertainty over
land ownership, a new building
to be occupied jointly by
Community Care and Nurse
Maude at 16 Lyttleton St is
A SURPRISE move from mayor
Kelvin Coe infuriated some of his
councillors at last week's Selwyn
District Council meeting.
The council was about to vote on
a detailed report that recom-
mended a section of land be
gifted to Lincoln and Districts
Community Care, but the mayor
floated the idea of leasing the land
at a cheap rate, with council keep-
Councillor John Morten was
unhappy with the surprise''.
He asked the mayor if he was
proposing an amendment and Mr
Coe confirmed he was.
Mr Morten questioned why the
mayor would go against a compre-
hensive report that strongly sup-
ported'' handing over ownership.
Mr Coe raised concerns about
setting a precedent.
He used the Leeston St Johns
as an example of an organisation
that did great work in the com-
munity, so was leased a property
on a peppercorn rental'', but
council still owned the land.
Mr Morten said the mayor could
have given his councillors more
notice of his intention, so it could
have been considered properly.
The report of recommendation,
which was authored by council's
corporate services manager
Douglas Marshall, said showing
faith in Community Care's ability
to manage its finances long term
by transferring ownership was the
He said that it would provide
Community Care with incentives
to manage itself with financial
certainty in the future and pro-
vide an asset to borrow against.
Deputy mayor Sarah Walters
seconded the amendment, which
led to heated debate.
Ms Walters supported the
organisation and hoped it would
be around forever, but said the
future is never certain and things
change'' with funding in the
Despite the uncertainty over
land ownership, a new building to
be occupied jointly by Community
Care and Nurse Maude at 16
Lyttleton St is near completion.
The arrangement does have a
15-year arrangement that ensures
Community Care cannot sell to
make a quick commercial gain.
Councillors Bland, Broughton,
Hill and Barnett raised doubts
over the council relinquishing
All of them congratulated the
organisation for its work, but Mr
Broughton said councillors should
not let their emotions for the
organisation sway their decision
regarding fiscal responsibility.
Councillor Lindsay Philps was
supportive of the report and was
another not impressed by the
Earlier, four representatives
from Lincoln and Districts
Community Care gave a detailed
account of its history in the com-
munity during the public forum,
and asked for a favourable
decision from the council.
Construction of the new build-
ing was made possible by com-
munity funding, grants from
various charities and a portion
of a Lincoln Events Centre
Although happy to concede
defeat after the final vote, Mr
Coe could not see any advantage
in transferring the ownership of
Two killed in road crashes
Van plunges down bank
ROLLED OFF ROAD: The scene of the
fatal crash near Cass in the Arthur's
Pass area, where a van carrying six
young people left the road and rolled
down a bank onto the rail track.
POLICE ARE amazed that any
survivors emerged from a crash on
State Highway 73 on Saturday, in
which a young Christchurch
mother was killed.
It was one of two separate sma-
shes on the main West Coast
route, on a day that claimed two
Faith Maree Wood, 18, formerly
of Greymouth, was a passenger in
a Mitsubishi van heading to
Christchurch that veered off the
road between Cass and Bealey
Spur, and plunged 70 metres
down a bank onto the railway
lines at about 6.30am.
Three young men and two
females were the other occupants.
Three helicopters flew four of
them to Christchurch Hospital
and one was driven. All five were
reported to be stable''.
Police said there were no back
seats in the van and it appeared
the passengers, aged 16 to 22,
were unrestrained and were sit-
ting or lying on a mattress.
A truck driver who was on the
scene almost immediately called
Later the same day, Tracy Ann
Shipston, 39, was killed instantly
when her vehicle struck a tour bus
head-on about 5.30pm.
There were no passengers in
Police said it appeared that Ms
Shipston's car had crossed the
centre line into the path of the
Investigations into both crashes
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