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Winter coming...Midland Contracting worker Kevin Chapman takes down one of the Stafford St flower baskets last week. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

by Chris Tobin

While the streets of Timaru and public facilities have been deserted council staff and contractors have still been out and about.

Last week the flower baskets in Stafford St were taken down while painters have been giving the street’s lamp-posts a fresh lick of paint for the first time since they were installed 30 years ago.

Council spokesman Stephen Doran said some finishing touches were being made to work at the Timaru library which had included repairing the roof.

“The library roof is to all intents and purposes complete. There’s some bits and bobs being done but the bulk of the work was completed pre-lockdown.” Mr Doran said.

“They’ve now moved on to internal renewal work.”

Last year the council decided to repair the roof to cover the next eight to 10 years rather than undergo a full replacement.

Other work was being done around the district.

“Across all our closed facilities we’re taking the opportunity to do maintenance and upgrades,” Mr Doran said.

“For example CBay won’t have to have its usual annual closedown in October, as we’re getting to do the work now.”