Updated 24 February 2020 for week ending 1 March 2020
|24 Feb - 1 March||Waitewhena|
dry weather means that there is a lack of moisture in the unsealed road
pavement. Grading the dry roads to remove corrugations breaks up the bound
surface resulting in the reworked surface corrugating very shortly after it is
graded. Due to this and the number of calls Council has elected to focus on
patch grading and areas which are in the worst condition. Therefore if you do
not see the grader for an extended period or it seems they miss grading some
corrugations it is because grading the road in this dry weather will create
Spraying (weather dependent)
Mowing, Grading and Spraying Descriptions
|Arm (Reach) Mowing ||Arm mowing is done to mow grass and vegetation on the roadside banks of both sealed and unsealed roads. Arm mowers are used on the roadsides of unsealed roads as they are more suited to the uneven sides than a horizontal berm mower. |
One round of arm mowing takes place across the District per season.
|Verge (Berm) Mowing||Verge or berm mowing is used to mow the vegetation on the sides of sealed roads. Berm mowing is carried out on sealed roads because the roadside shoulders are fairly regular and there is a smaller risk of stones being projected away from the mower. |
Two rounds of berm mowing are carried out per season.
|Saw Blades||Saw blade work is carried out to cut back overhanging branches encroaching on the road that are larger than the mowers can handle. It is carried out during winter. There is a large programme of work that is being addressed over a few years.|
|Drain and Plant Pest Spraying||Spraying is carried out twice per year to keep roadside drains free of vegetation. Contractors are allowed to use Glyphosate, Metsulfuron, Grazon and Tordon for this and for plant pest spraying.|
Plant pest spraying from the road edge to the road boundary (fencelines) is carried out around the District. This is to spray for plants identified by Horizons Regional Council’s Plant Pest Strategy. This year we are targeting tutsan, broom, blackberry and gorse. As Council only has a limited budget for plant pest spraying, large infestations are targeted first.
Council maintains a No Spray register if people wish to apply for their property frontage to not be sprayed.