The following open letter has been published on local social media pages and in local newspapers following a number of complaints about the current state of Methven. ‘Snap Send Solve’ is a great app allowing community members to alert council to issues in our district, but the problem seems to be with the time taken to address the issues and the final results.
One concerned resident was up early as usual Sunday morning, he couldn’t believe the mess of alcohol bottles and broken glass along the main streets and sidewalks. He said, “Steve would have had that gone by now, it’s a danger to kids and anyone walking the streets. Is this the image of Methven we want our visitors to take away with them?”
It seems as if we are being asked to pay twice for the same service, but as Mark and Gary point out, Steve went above and beyond his duties. So, it may seem unfair to some but if this is the only immediate solution to the problem, it may be a bitter pill that needs to be swallowed, it’s your choice.
To the Methven Community
There has been a lot of concern and debate around Methven, in the papers and through social media about the loss of our Townsman Rowdy (Steve Williams) 8 weeks ago.
This has come about through ACL losing the contract to Fulton Hogan who have chosen to contract City Care to undertake the work previously carried out by Rowdy. Although the scope of the new contract with Fulton Hogan is similar to that of the ACL contract, it is clear that Rowdy provided a much higher level of service than what was specified and effectively showed us what the town needed, rather than the inadequate bare minimum that we are rated for.
If Methven community members and local businesses are interested in restoring the current levels of service by establishing the position of Townsman to what we experienced with Rowdy, then a submission is required to the next Annual Plan (2017/8), effective 1 July 2017. This submission is being prepared now.
Rowdy is currently employed by ADC for 15 hours a week. After a meeting with Neil McCann, ADC Services Delivery Manager, we have established that there is no money in the current service delivery budget to give Rowdy the extra 20 hours he needs to get our town back to the standard that we have come to expect.
As an immediate interim measure until July 2017, we as a community have an opportunity to secure Rowdy for the extra 20 hours a week. This would be achieved by individuals and businesses from Methven, contributing to a Townsman account. The amount required for a period of 9 months will depend on how many contribute, for example with 80 contributors the amount would be at $5/week each, with 200 contributors only $2.00 a week each. Payments would be made from the fund to ADC as Rowdy’s employer.
Whilst not ideal, this is a solution that secures the right man for the job, until changes can be made through due process to secure the position long term. The next step is for us as individuals and businesses to decide if we are prepared to contribute to the fund, there is no pressure here as contribution is an individual choice. However, we do need action now. If you are prepared to help then please contact Mark Jacobs with your details by phone or text on 027 350 1825 or email email@example.com. Once we have numbers we will be able to confirm the amount required and get AP’s in place.