Here are the key decisions and outcomes on Council reports from the Council Meeting held on Tuesday 10 December.
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- A petition for a footpath at Grosvenor Street and Curtin Avenue North Wahroonga was received and referred to relevant staff.
- An updated Traffic & Transport Policy was adopted for public exhibition with a final review of the policy to be considered by the Traffic Committee in early 2020.
- Council to provide $25,000 to the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2019-2020 Sponsorship Program.
- A report on Code of Conduct complaints was received and noted.
- Delegations of authority for the Council recess during December/January were adopted.
- A report on the Office of Local Government’s draft Internal Audit and Risk Management Framework was received and noted.
- A report on the inspection by Fire & Rescue New South Wales of a residential development at 3 Wonga Wonga Street Turramurra and seeking Council’s endorsement to serve appropriate orders was adopted unanimously.
- Updates to two policies - the Swimming Pool Barrier Inspection Policy and the Abandoned Shopping Trolleys Policy – were adopted.
- A report on the Council’s past and future management of Blue Gum High Forest; including plans, regeneration, education and community support was adopted.
- A draft Ku-ring-gai Playground Strategy was approved for public exhibition.
- A Community Participation Plan previously on public exhibition was adopted.
- Councillors interested in attending the 2020 Women in Leadership Workshop advise the General Manager by 10 January 2020.
- A report on the St Ives High School Indoor Sports Centre was considered and the Council resolved the following:
A) That Council advises Schools Infrastructure NSW that it:
a. accepts the indicative fee schedule for Phase 2- Functional Design Brief and Phase 4 -Schematic Design and Statutory Approvals provided that Council retains ownership of any material prepared by the builder or its subcontractors for use in a separate build in the event a combined build for all four courts is not achievable; and
b. would be in a position to advise final commitment to construction after its meeting of 18 February 2020.
B) That Council not make a decision to enter a binding commitment for construction of the St Ives High School project until:
a. legal agreements (funding deed or construction contract, lease) between Council and relevant parties being finalised;b. an independent review of the project arrangements including risk identification and risk allocation being undertaken and reported back to Council following consideration by Council’s Major Projects Steering Committee;
c. advice being obtained from the Office of Local Government in relation to a Capital Expenditure Review for the project;
d. submission to the Office of Local Government of an amended borrowing schedule for the 2019/2020 financial year; and
e. approval being obtained to borrow the required funds from TCorp or another financial institution.
C) A report be brought back to Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 18 February 2020 seeking a final decision on whether to proceed with the joint construction contract.
Agenda items considered by the Council as confidential
Under the Local Government Act, agenda items may be debated in a closed session if they are commercial in confidence.
- Open Space Acquisition Planning – proposed sites for acquisition. The Council resolved:
A. That Council allows officers or their agents to contact the land owners of the properties identified in Tables 5, 6, 7 and 8 within this report to express Council’s interest in purchasing the properties by negotiation guided by Council’s Land Acquisition and Divestment Policy.
B. If Council is unable to purchase suitable properties through negotiation it is recommend that the preferred properties be selected and reported back to Council with a recommendation for an LEP amendment.
- Lindfield Village Green Rock Anchor Licence Deeds – the Council voted to progress the Licence Deeds as proposed.
- Tender RFT. 17-2019 - Fit-out and lease of Old Headmasters Cottage, 175 Rosedale Road St Ives – assessment of tenders received. The Council voted to accept the preferred tenderer and advise all tenderers of the Council decision.
- Tender RFT18-2019 Putarri Reserve Playground Upgrade - assessment of tenders received. The Council voted to accept the preferred tenderer and advise all tenderers of the Council decision.
- Tender RFT19-2019 Roseville Park Tennis Pavilion - assessment of tenders received. The Council voted to accept the preferred tenderer and advise all tenderers of the Council decision.
- A Notice of Motion regarding the proposed synthetic turf field at Rofe Park (Mimosa Oval) was adopted by Council as follows:
A) That Council not proceed with installation of synthetic grass at Mimosa Oval/Rofe Park as:
i. the oval is impacted by the Vegetation Category 1 bushfire zone and the proposal presents an unacceptable fire risk.
ii. the oval is surrounded by Rofe Park and Sheldon Forest comprising Ku-ring-gai’s only Biodiversity Stewardship Site.
iii. the proposal cannot accommodate informal recreational use currently enjoyed by the community.
B) That all persons who made a submission be advised of Council’s decision.