The first Corporate Services Committee Meeting of the new council was held on 7 November 2013. The Mayor, Judene Edgar, Michael Higgins, and myself sent in our apologies.
The agenda comprised a number of reports from council staff being presented to council. These included: (1) a series of reports seeking to draft amended rates remission policies for low value properties, sporting, recreation, or community organisations, and dwellings affected by natural disaster; (2) a report on the activities of the Corporate Services department (including forestry, tourism, council’s credit rating, port nelson, and property services); (3) a report from the Information Services department about the use of a reduced digital logo for archiving purposes, (4) a report on some Health and Safety matters, and (5) the Port Tarakohe Development Plan, which had been made public for public consultation and feedback.
In effect, this was an activity update session for council, with council staff updating council on various council activities. Many of the reports from council staff were interesting reading and gave insight into many of the council’s commercial activities. Whether council retain its forestry activities will need to be discussed as part of the planning process and part of a wider funding discussion about future water storage (ie, the lee valley dam). This should make for an interesting discussion.
The information services report raises the issue of branding in terms of cost savings. The Tasman Council logo uses a number of different colours and this makes it difficult to use printers to generate the logo. Instead pre-printed paper has to be purchased. I believe any brand change would have to ensure there is no additional costs involved and older logo’s are only replaced when required. However, this is a discussion for the communications subcommittee to discuss further.
The meeting also considered one other confidential matter that I had earlier advised the CEO of my opinion on.
A copy of the agenda and minutes of the meeting can be found at http://www.tasman.govt.nz/council/council-meetings/standing-committees-meetings/corporate-services-committee-meetings/?path=/EDMS/Public/Meetings/CorporateServicesCommittee/2013/2013-11-07