Wifi for Main Street
still months away
Wifi in Main Street could still be months away. Kāpiti Coast District Council says it’s working with its contractor to confirm the best location to install both the wifi transmitters and CCTV cameras that are currently on the Gertrude Atmore Memorial clock. A public outcry at what was seen as a desecration of the memorial led to a council rethink about the location of the transmitter and CCTV camera. When a suitable location is found, a traffic management plan will be drafted and submitted to council for approval before work begins. “We are hoping to confirm a timeline for this work and update the community in the next few months, says chief information officer Ewen Church.
House prices keep rising
Ōtaki’s estimated median house prices rose another $25,000 in March to $590,000, up from $520,000 at the start of the year. Prices have risen 22.7 percent in the past six months and 29.7 percent in the past 12 months.
Leap in fire call-outs
The number of call-outs for the Ōtaki Volunteer Fire Brigade in the first three months of this year leapt to 72, compared with 46 for the same period last year. A total of 24 calls were made in March. Fire chief Ian King believes the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown last year might have resulted in fewer calls last year.