Pat Richards answers our questions:
"I went to a briefing on Friday and will report on what with a synopsis of what was discussed. What we are trying to do is a survey in suburbs to find out from residents if their valuations are the same for a house similar to theirs, in the same suburb, street, area. Also if they have had an estate agent valuation. This comparison will help.
The City still has not let us have the Rate in the Rand. I have heard 1 April is when it might be released."
(MyNorthcliff wonders whether the proposed date has any significance)
We have a new issue for our Councillor, Pat Richards. See if it applies to you:
We have all by now received a newsletter from Council on our new valuations and the rates associated with them. There is a formal process for contesting individual evaluations but NOT the overall process. This is made clear in the note.
Given that we are now allowed to quibble over the individual evaluations but not the whole process, we would like to know:
Was the process intended to bring in more revenue to the city’s coffers?
Our first concern raised by a reader in the area can be found here:
In response, Pat raised a few issues and actions she will take.
Pat has undertaken to take their concerns to the CPF on Tuesday 11 March and with JMPD who should be present. She stated to our reader that all builders should have their workers ID’s, no one is allowed to stay on the property overnight except with permission from council. (that should be one to watch for people in the area).
MyNorthcliff launches a new feature. With the co-operation of our local councillor, Pat Richards, we are happy to launch Quiz your Councillor.
If you have any concerns, big or small: send them to us at email@example.com and we will chase it up with Pat Richards. Be anonymous if you wish or (even better) put your name to your queries and we will give the response from Pat and progress reports on your issue, query or problem.
So, don't moan at the braai. Send us your problems and we will chase them.
Okay, so we now have a full schedule of power outages. It's quite hard to make sense of, so we have given you a cheaters' guide. As far as the plans are advised, the graphic attached should give you an idea of when you're going to be without electricity.
In case you are wondering, the new plan is for us all to be shedded to a new set of principles:
• Longer duration but less frequent
• Equity (everyone is included)
• High degree of certainty to customers (predictability)
• CoJ focus (City Power and Eskom supply areas combined)
Get involved. We have reported on the tower being erected on Northcliff Ridge that is visible from outer space. Northcliff Ridge is one of the last pieces of open land in Johannesburg and to protect it, you need to get involved. There is a public meeting on Saturday 8 March 2008 at 14h00 at the Bowling Club in John Adamson Drive, Montgomery Park. This is to form a steering committee to deal with all environmental issues from the Northcliff Ridge.