I do not have enough knowledge of the inner workings of Rotorua Lakes Council to judge whether the seven positions are justified.
However, I believe that unnecessary confusion has been caused by labelling them as deputy chief executives. By definition, a deputy is a person who is appointed to undertake the duties of a superior in the superior's absence.
It is prudent to have one person appointed to this important role, with a clear mandate to take over in case of absence, illness or emergency. To have seven is, in my view, illogical and confusing.
From what I have read, these are positions that carry the responsibility to manage various facets of the council's activities. In my opinion, they should be defined as such.
We'll take the speed bumps
If the residents of Kawaha Point don't want their new, speed bumps, can we in Butler Place please have them?
We, too, have suffered from speeding cars, motorbikes and near-misses over the past years, including a car ploughing through a resident's garden and destroying a lamp post, and have requested such measures.
Like Anthony Taylor says, perhaps they may just prevent the inevitable from happening.
Censoring victim impact statements right
Tragedy, in its various forms, is part of the human condition and arrives on all of our doorsteps eventually.
Whether it's the result of criminal activity, accidental or otherwise, we all have mechanisms which govern our responses and help us to move on, or at least should do so.
It's right to maintain court standards of respect by the censoring, as necessary, of victim impact statements that could include expletives or unhelpful dialogue.
How we implement that should reflect contemporary, acceptable standards of behaviour within the court systems.
I don't often see forgiveness as the driving force in that healing process and yet it is the most powerful of all remedies when applied liberally and in all directions.
It's the process that God uses to reconcile man to Himself and has worked effectively for millennia.
I would like to add to the speed bump debate.
This week Ford Rd has been the subject of the speed bump demons, with several of them being installed.
Sorry, Jim Adams (Letters, June 16), the total of these means it will be several years before you get yours if they are only doing two a year.
Speed bumps reduce risk to the community
Rotorua Lakes Council is aware of discussion about the new traffic-calming measures in Ford Rd and Kawaha Point Rd and would like to offer further information about these works.
As the road controlling authority, the council is responsible for monitoring and responding to emerging road safety issues.
The introduction of the traffic-calming measures (speed bumps) was at the request of residents in both areas and local police.
For both roads, the average speed of vehicles was recorded at 60km/h with 15 per cent of traffic travelling above the speed of 66km/h. To put that in context, Kawaha Point Rd carries more than 5000 vehicles a day.
That means each day 750 vehicles were travelling at speeds in excess of 67km/h.
Letters were delivered to residents in both areas in November 2020 to notify them of the work, that letter included the number of speed bumps to be built and residents were able to provide feedback at that time. Information was shared on the council's website and updates about the work have been included in the council's monthly Operations and Monitoring Committee Agendas since November 2020.
The speed bumps have been constructed to the national design standard at a height of 100mm, which is consistent with all speed bumps in Rotorua.
This is about reducing the risk to our community and enabling neighbourhoods to become safer, more enjoyable environments for people to live in.
Deputy chief executive, infrastructure and environment Primary civil defence emergency management controller Rotorua Lakes Council
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