Residents don’t rate the council

A NO-CONFIDENCE motion in the mayor and councillors was passed by ratepayers attending the Derwent Valley Council’s annual general meeting last Thursday night.

The motion was moved by Molesworth resident Alby Stephenson and seconded by New Norfolk resident Philip Dillon.

With about 12 people in the public gallery, the meeting was the best-attended council AGM in recent years. Mr Stephenson was the only person to make a written submission to the meeting, in which he detailed the frustrations of Molesworth residents who have been waiting for part of Collins Cap Rd to be sealed.

Mr Stephenson said the council had agreed in 2013 to set aside $100,000 each year until 2017 to fund a $400,000 project to seal 1.8km of Collins Cap Rd from Wyre Forest Rd to Tubbs Rd in order to improve safety and resolve the local dust problem.

Work should have started this year but Mr Stephenson had been told the funds set aside for the project were not cash-backed. He described this as “Monopoly money”.

Mr Dillon questioned the council on its response to several recent roadworks project which he described as substandard. General manager Greg Winton said the council had been in dialogue with the contractors about carrying out repairs but Mr Dillon wasn’t impressed, saying reconstruction was needed – not repairs.

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