Waitomo News : 16 February 2016
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JEFF DORSET SHEARING LTD firstname.lastname@example.org Ph Jeff: 0274 920 758 Office: 021 414 914 Osborne’s Transport (2000) Ltd TE AWAMUTU and CAMBRIDGE What’s going on? t 07 878 1188 e editor@ waitomonews.co.nz Let us know! OTOROHANGA District Council recently spent $7500 to refurbish a smoke damaged council owned elderly persons unit. Chief executive Dave Clibbery says this is an extreme example and the refurbishment costs are not all attributed to damage caused by a tenant who was a heavy smoker. Considering societal attitudes towards smoking and the risks to both health and property, Otoro- hanga Community Board, who have governance of the Windsor Court complex, agreed at their January meeting, not to impose a ban on smoking inside the units. Ten tenants currently renting units are smokers. Board chairman Robert Prescott says to impose a ban would be unfair on people who are at a time in their life where they may be very set in their ways. CONSENSUS “The consensus is not to unreasonably limit the pleasures that people can enjoy in their own homes,” says Mr Prescott. In his report to the community board Mr Clib- bery said the cost of typical smoke damage per unit is about $200 per annum. Tenants Rex Bullford, Paul Roberts and Mau- reen Banfield, who are ex-smokers, agree with the board’s decision to allow their neighbours to continue to smoke indoors. And they are unanimous as to who should be responsible for costs relating to smoke damage, and that’s not the council. NOT IMPORTANT A 64-year-old tenant and lifetime smoker who did not want to named, says smoking indoors isn’t all that important to him. “I keep my windows and doors open when I smoke, and sometimes I will go outside. “When I lived in Auckland I was not allowed to smoke inside anywhere, it had to be outside and I just accepted that.” A requirement as part of the district council’s tenancy agreement is for the occupier, if they choose to smoke indoors, to have the walls, ceil- ings, carpets, curtains and blinds cleaned on a regular basis. Mr Clibbery says: “The requirement for tenants to clean the units on this basis is often impractical. “Some tenants are physically unable to do so and are unlikely to be willing to pay for commercial cleaners.” Future tenancies in the complex will now contain a clause banning smoking inside which is in line with other Waikato region councils. This will not affect current tenants. WHO PAYS?: Windsor Court neighbours Paul Roberts and Maureen Banfield say Otoro- hanga District Council should not pay for damage caused by smokers. Smoking ban ahead for council’s tenants CALLOUTS VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADES TE KUITI AT 7.56pm on February 6, brigade members were called to assist Mangaki- no and Benneydale fire crews when a car rolled on Scott Rd near Mangakino. Although one passenger was seriously injured and taken by air ambulance to Waikato Hospital, both Benneydale and Te Kuiti brigades were not required at the scene and were turned back en route. BRIGADE members investigated signs of smoke coming from Tregoweth’s Mill on Te Kumi Rd in Te Kuiti. No action was needed. KAWHIA AT 11.28am on Februar y 6, brigade members responded when a private fire alarm was activated at the Te Uku windfarm substation. No damage was reported. The next day at 4.10pm, fire- fighters extinguished a vegetation fire on Te Papatapu Rd in Makomako. OTOROHANGA AT 12.50am on Februar y 7, crew mem- bers assisted St John personnel with a patient lift.
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