Ordinary Council Meeting (OM11) Highlights – Monday 2 September 2019

Friday 6 September 2019

Petitions

Cr Hampton presented a petition containing 552 signatures requesting an urgent safety audit of the crossing point and pedestrian refuge on McCormicks Road, Skye to improve pedestrian access and safety.

Cr McCormack presented a petition containing 296 signatures requesting changes to the rate calculation process at Acacia Heath/Springhill Estate including an amendment to Section 173 and refund of all rate monies for the life of the estate.

Both petitions were carried unanimously. 

A Liveable City

Council voted to renewal its membership subscription to the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation Ltd for the 2019–2020 year.

The Draft Waste Wise Events Policy was adopted, with minor changes following public consultation. The policy will be made available on Council’s website shortly.

Boat users will be happy, with Council noting the State Government election commitment to make all boat ramps in Victoria free of charge. Council will now begin the process to reimburse permit holders. More information on this will be communicated to impacted ramp users in the near future.

A Well Governed City

Residents will have the chance to have their say on the Draft Letter under Seal Policy as part of an endorsed four week public consultation. A report will go back to Council in November this year.

Council agreed to endorse the Election “caretaker” Policy 2020, as required by section 93B(2)(b) of the Local Government Act 1989

Council endorsed the proposed Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) State Council Motions which will be presented to the MAV for consideration at the next meeting of councils.

A Well Managed City

Council received the Capital Works Quarterly Report, noting that $51.643M of expenditure was achieved in 2018/19 against a total Adjusted Capital Works Program budget of $55.945M, equating to an outstanding 92.3% program expenditure rate — exceeding the Council Plan performance measure of 90%.

The draft Financial Report and Performance Statement for the year ended 30 June 2019 was approved in principle. The Mayor and Councillor McCormack (Audit and Risk Committee members) will certify both the report and the statement following any required changes identified by Council’s external auditors.

A Planned City

Council adopted the 2019 Frankston Planning Scheme Review Report, with minor changes arising from the review of submissions. Council officers were authorised to write to the Minister for Planning to request authorisation to prepare and exhibit a Planning Scheme Amendment to the Frankston Planning Scheme.

Council also noted the July 2019 Planning and Environmental Progress Report, noting that a comment will be added to future Council Reports relating to Town Planning Permit Applications, identifying whether a formal pre-application meeting is required. Future reports will also contain an indication of generic average costs for Council representation at VCAT.

Residents of Homestead Road in Langwarrin will get to have their say about whether they wish to contribute to the addition of parking bays as a Special Charge Scheme, following a petition being tables. A report will be presented to Council in February 2020 outlining the outcome of the consultation.

Notices of Motion

14.1        2019/NOM32 - Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve – moved by Cr Aitken
Council will write to the State Government requesting the addition of CCTV cameras, and formally ask Victoria Police to patrol the car park daily. Greater emphasis will be placed on encouraging residents to join the Friends of the Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve community group. Residents close to the reserve will receive information encouraging them to report anti-social behaviour. 

14.2       2019/NOM33 - Investigation into the Sale of Evelyn Street – moved by Cr Aitken
A forensic investigation will be undertaken in relation to all aspects of the previously proposed sale of Evelyn Street public land capped at $10,000, subject to further review by Council if additional funds are required.

14.3       2019/NOM34 - Departmental Expenditure Limits (DELs) – moved by Cr Bolam
In instances where a Council department overspend their annual budget, a report will be provided to Council highlighting where and why overspend has occurred, and examine where such over-expenditure can be offset.

14.4       2019/NOM35 - Resident/Developer Discussions – moved by Cr Aitken
Minutes will be taken at resident/developer discussions and a summary of them will be included in the Agenda Report. The CEO will undertake a review of how the minutes from resident/developer meetings are reported, and provide a report back to Council in November this year.

14.5       2019/NOM36 - Councillor Column – moved by Cr Aitken
Cr Aitken’s omitted Councillor Column from the May-June 2019 edition of Frankston City News will be published in the November-December 2019 publication.

14.6       2019/NOM37 - Overport Park – moved by Cr McCormack
The $35,000 funding allocation in the 2019/2020 budget for the planning and design works for the Overport Park Netball courts was put on hold. Any unspent monies will be removed at the mid-year budget review. Further community consultation will be undertaken and the Master Plan will be updated. A report will be brought back to Council at the first Ordinary meeting in 2020.

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