Rates to Increase and New Library Site Gets The Green Light

Posted by Gold FM on 17/06/2011

The Hauraki District Council adopted it's 2011 / 2012 Annual Plan at it's Council meeting on Wednesday the 15th of June and approved a rates increase of 4.9% for the district.

They’ve also approved the construction of a new library building at 40 Rosemont Rd, despite strong objections from some sectors of the Waihi community. Although submitters raised issues about safety accessing the new library site council staff suggested that the pedestrian entry on Rosemont Rd coupled with parking and an entrance way at the rear means that there will be better access for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pedestrians.

Council staff also reported that the cost of an extension of the current building was likely to be higher than starting from scratch with the new building and a council services centre located in the new building will be a saving for the Hauraki District.

Estimated to cost $1, 220,000 construction is due to begin on the new library within the next year.

No decision has been made on the future of the existing library building in Seddon St which has a Category A classification giving it national and regional heritage significance.