This is a note to keep you up to date on the feedback from Ward and on Overstrand Muncipal issues. Please check the Overestrand documents Blog on our Website where any Rooiels relevant documents that come from OM are posted. You will also find the official Ward 10 Minutes there; the most recent received being for the Ward Meeting on 25th January.
The Environmental Management Plan for the Rooiels River Estuary and a call for final comments on the Overstrand Vacant Erven Firewise policy, both have 4th March as the deadline for any comments you would like to send in. In their response RERA will draw attention to the Rooiels Vision and the need for policies that differentiate between conservancies and urban areas. Alien vegetation was a major cause of the damage in the most recent fire and more concerted efforts to remove invasive alien vegetation will be strongly recommended to underpin Firewise efforts and support biodiversity. The RERA committee has been engaging with relevant authorities and neighbouring communities on service issues and on those in support of the Rooiels Vision including inappropriate Erf development (e.g. on the river) and has been working with REC on the extension of the officially designated Nature Reserve to include the Koppie, the coastal edge and the estuary.
At the Ward Meeting on 15th February the OM gave a presentation on their recycling project. They recommended that we put all possible clean recycling materials into our clear plastic bags and their waste pickers will put anything not needed into a tailings bin. They do prefer the tops of plastic and glass bottles to be off (different plastics are recycled in different lots and metal is separated from glass). They agreed to give us more detailed feedback on what is most in demand for recycling in due course. The full presentation is available on the current OM documents Blog.
The paving of Anemone is expected to take place in March this year although the deadline is given as the end of the financial year in June 2022. The old IDP was rolled over to November 2022. A new reviewed priorities list will be circulated. Storm-water drains are on that list for Rooiels.
The new IDP will no longer allocate R500000 to Wards discretionary expenditure as in the past (R50000 Care projects only). All budgets will be combined and so it will be important to make strong representations for any expenditure required to be included in the new IDP at Ward level. New or refurbishing of infrastructure can be more easily accommodated under a Capex budget if it is for expenditure that will generate revenue (e.g. water) because it can be financed through loans.
A call was made for the Municipal monthly bills to include warnings to residents that they live in a baboon area and suggestions were made for stronger penalties to be in place for those not complying with baboon proof bins. OM had put a hold on all collaring of baboons and the Ward Councillor reaffirmed that in the future the OM will not spend ratepayers funds on baboon management.
A request was made that all Ratepayers reports with complaints about service issues call the
OM Control Room –0283138111–AND please also include the Rooiels Reference number: 801.
Please note that the Official Ward Committee Meeting Minutes are posted onto the Overstrand Municipal Blogs page as soon as they are received from the Ward Committee Secretary. The Blog posts here are just to bring a few key things to your attention.
These are the Feedback from the Ward Committee Meetings and other related matters. They are lodged in Date order going backwards.