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The members of Mayo County Council this week approved the raising of a loan of €10.4 million for water service projects at Monday’s meeting of the local authority. Some of the elected members expressed concerns that the council would be left with this loan, as Irish Water will take over operational control of the provision of water services in 2014.
The long drawn out saga of putting in place countywide bye-laws for burial grounds in Mayo was finally concluded on Monday when the members of Mayo County Council approved the new bye-laws by a vote of 15-7 after a number of last minute amendments were proposed from the chamber floor.
The hot-button issue of the proposed Grid West 400kV power line development has continued to evolve this week. At Monday’s Mayo County Council meeting, the elected members took the unusual step of adjourning the standing orders of the meeting to let one of the affected members of the community address the meeting in the middle of a debate.
A 25,000 seater stadium for use by rugby, soccer, and the GAA, along with a sports centre of excellence, should be the aim of any future plans for the Galway Airport site in Carnmore.
The installation of water meters for private households has got underway in Castlebar this week. Mayo County Council were given a presentation on water metering by Eoghan Ó Neachtain from Irish Water at Monday’s meeting of the local authority, where he informed them that the installation of meters had begun in the county town as of that day. Prior to his presentation, Mr Ó Neachtain informed the members that decisions about policy matters made in relation to Irish Water were not matters that Irish Water had control over, as it was a decision of the politicians and Government. But a number of councillors still put forward a number of questions in relation to the policy decisions.
When the burial ground bye-laws are finally passed by Mayo County Council, if there is a breach of the bye-laws in regard to the height and type of grave constructed, the monumental sculptor will be held responsible for it, it emerged this week.
The floods that ravaged Athlone in 2009 were considered a “once in a lifetime” event but Westmeath County Council have marked an area extending beyond the boundary of this flood in their maps detailing areas at risk of flooding in the Athlone Town Development Plan.
Arcadia is not an appropriate location for a supermarket, Westmeath’s county manager, Barry Kehoe, told Athlone Town Council on Wednesday evening, September 18.
Athlone town councillers had to make the arduous trip to Mullingar on Wednesday evening (September 18) for a meeting about the Athlone Town Development Plan, something they were not happy about.
“It is a no win position” - these were the stark words issued by county manager Barry Kehoe talking about windfarms and the Westmeath County Development Plan public meeting on Wednesday evening, September 18.