Business from Monday’s Tauranga City Council meeting is postponed to June 27 following the unexpected death of city council chief executive officer Ken Paterson.
Councillors will hold the next council meeting on Wednesday, June 27 where they will discuss what to do with dinghies in Pilot Bay and the formal decision to hand over Baypark to the city council controlled organisation Tauranga City Venues Ltd.
The dinghies along Pilot Bay are one of the issues to be discussed at a postponed council meeting next Wednesday.
The postponement of the meeting comes after Ken, 61, passed away in his sleep on Sunday night.
The council is considering removing or requiring dinghies in Pilot Bay to be registered following a report from city services manager Ian McDonald.
The report on the 68 dinghies counted along the beach states that they create a cluttered effect and are physical barriers impeding access for people walking along the foreshore.
The $41million TECT Arena at Baypark has been in operation since September 2011.
It’s operated by the city council CCO Tauranga City Venues Ltd, and built using a mix of funding including TCC loans, development contributions, a Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT) grant of $6million and other grants.
The report to councillors by business services manager Dean Riley, states the agreement between TCC, TCVL and TECT regarding the $6million TECT grant was contingent on the Arena being transferred to TCVL upon completion.
If Council resolves the transfer to TCVL the full TECT grant amount of $6million is to be applied to the purchase price.
The issue of which entity received the $6million TECT grant was raised during the recent Ten Year Plan submissions process by Tauranga accountant Ian Stevenson, who called the council’s handling of the grant tax dodging.
In an email to councillors Ian says TCVL is currently trading while insolvent, and adding the TECT arena debt to TCVL will only make its insolvency worse.
These decisions will be deliberated in a council meeting next Wednesday.