Murray Bridge council notes, November 2019: DPTI delays risk motorists' safety, councillors say

Notes from the Murray Bridge council's meeting on Monday night.

Blind corner

The state government is taking too long to address safety concerns at regional intersections, councillors have suggested.

Cr Andrew Baltensperger highlighted the corner of Martin and Jervois Road, Murray Bridge South, as an example of a dangerous blind spot where visibility needed to be improved.

"There's a bunch of shrubs and stuff there," he said.

"You wouldn't know there was a car coming until it was already there."

Cr Wayne Thorley blamed a lack of responsiveness from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, saying it was slow to deal with concerns raised and often did so with a form letter rather than a considered response.

Mayor Brenton Lewis noted Cr Thorley's frustrations were shared.

Councillors also highlighted the nearby junction of Flagstaff and Jervois Road as another spot that needed some work, as the road surface had worn down due to extra increased traffic.

Cr Wayne Thorley. Photo: RCMB.

Cr Wayne Thorley. Photo: RCMB.

Deputy mayor

Councillor Wayne Thorley has been elected Deputy Mayor of Murray Bridge for the next 12 months in a council vote, succeeding Cr Fred Toogood.

Mayor Brenton Lewis thanked Cr Toogood for his dedication to the role.

Ridley's Murray Bridge feed mill on its last day of operation. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Ridley's Murray Bridge feed mill on its last day of operation. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Mill closure

Councillors have noted the closure of the Ridley feed mill at Murray Bridge on October 25, after just over 100 years.

Cr Clem Schubert said the company, and Noske Brothers before it, had contributed a lot to employment in the city, having operated over three shifts in the mill's heyday and run a power station as well.

Mill staff declined to provide comment to The Standard on the day.

Lerwin costs

A $99,000 blow-out in the cost of operating Lerwin Nursing Home has been questioned by Cr Toogood.

Employee costs ran $67,000 over budget during the first quarter of 2019-20, and materials, contracts and other expenses $32,000 over.

Council chief executive officer Michael Sedgman told councillors he believed the variance to the nursing home's budget could be corrected over time, and offset by reduced finance costs.

Rather than discuss the matter further at their public meeting, councillors agreed to revisit it during a planned visit to Lerwin in two weeks' time.