Hamilton City Council has supported a staff recommendation to undertake a business case examination into a jointly-owned public company to manage water infrastructure.
The recommendation was approved at today’s Council meeting. It follows a report to the Waikato Mayoral Forum in April that recommended Hamilton city, Waipa and Waikato district councils consider co-funding a business case to look the establishment of a joint council-controlled organisation (CCO) for water and wastewater activities.
Today Hamilton City councillors agreed to go ahead with a business case which will also include investigation of an enhanced shared services model. Waipa, Waikato and Hamilton councils already work together on water conservation, sampling and analysis, chemical sampling and trade waste activities.
Any business case looking at the formation of a possible CCO will not go ahead until there is agreement from all three councils.
For Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker, we are still very early in the process and have a long way to go before any decisions are made.
“This is about a business case only. It is very important that the Council has all the information before it to consider the consultant’s recommendation” says Mayor Hardaker.
“There needs to be a high degree of scrutiny on this recommendation and a business case will provide that.”
Waipa and Waikato district councils have yet to formally discuss the issue and make their decisions. Those discussions are likely to be held within coming weeks.
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