RODNEY COUNTY COUNCIL
Rodney and Otamatea Times, Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette , 16 Poutūterangi 1927, Page 5
RODNEY COUNTY COUNCIL
The ordinary monthly meeting of the Rodney County Council was held in the Council Chambers, on Tuesday, March 15th. Apology for absence was received from Cr. Chipehase. The following correspondence was dealt with : — Public Works Dept., forwarding the sum oi £1109 7s 9d, Highways grant re Kaipara Flats road. Public Works Dept., foiwarding £181 4s Bd, grants re flood damage an.i Tuunel road bridge. Public Works Dept, forwarding £1107 4s 2d grants for Main Highways maintenance. Main Highways Board, forwarding authority re expenditure of £1800 on £3 for £1 basis, Warkworth Kaipara Flats road for work already done. Prime Minister, acknowledging chairman's telegram of welcome. Department of Lands and Survey, statiug that matter of drainage at Streamlands was being investigated. District Telegraph .Lnginoer, pointing out risks taken by local authorities in granting permission to anyone to put benzine tanks under footpaths. Hobson Electoral Power Board, for warding final decision of Whangarei Borough Council re combining with Power Board area, declining to come in at preseat. Waitemata Couuty Couucil, asking what action the Couucil would take re proposed Upper Waiwera Tahekeroa road.—Left with chairman to report to next meeting. Waitemata. County Couucil, asking if this Council is doing anything re improvement to condition of Makarau bridge. — Patching proceeding at present, soundings to be taken on alternative sites for new bridge. McGregor and Lowrie, asking Council if they would forego road access claim to bea<m area near Leigh.—Left with chairman and Riding member to inspect and report to next meeting. A. W. Sanderson, on behalf of Ahuroa hall trustees, asking Council to raise loan for erection of hall.—Request granted on guarantee that ex penses of poll be met by trustees and that hall aud cash be transferred to Council if loan is carried J. Torkiugtou, respecting Ti Point wharf timber. —Received. W. R. Grant, applyiug for permission to put water pipe under road.— Granted. From W. G. Dudding, outlining business done at ratepayers' meeting at Wharehiue to cousider application from Mr JShegadin for permission to build. The meeting had no objection to this permission so long as it did not interfeie with monument. They asked the Council, however, to havi this monument sit© declared a reserve and vested in local trustees. From R. Morley, re work in Leigh quarry asserted to be let without tenders being called. —It appeared that the work in question was only an extension of a former.contract and at the came price. From J. Farmer, askiug that cul-verting and other work be done on road to his section at Tauhoa. — jßeuolved to have pipes put in where required. From W.-M. Grice, asking permit •to erect loading pen for pigs and cream stand on roadbicle.— Permit granted. From GUyn Dairy Co., offering land iov sale adjoining wbaif.—Held over for enquiry From P. W.D., re agreement for road at Te Uaua station. —Couucil did not agree with the proposal of the Dept. Accounts as presented by the treasurer were passed as follows—on loan accounts, £224 14s 6d ; general account, £2,734 9s 2d. Total, £2,959 43s Bd. It was stated that the County iund showed a credit of £6,638 13s 2d. Mr D. Cruickahank waited on the Council askiug that he be given an access road to his property through section, owned by Mr Middlemas. Jlbuut 10 chains would give him an outlet on to the main road whereas at present he had to go three miles round. He was willing to erect bridge over creek if road was brought to the creek. Mr Middlemas was willing to give the land if Council would fence both sides.—Held over for search as to roads dedicated. An offer from Mr A. O. Parker, to supply 4 stringers acd 2 headstocks ior Wainui bridge at £8 was accepted. The action of the chairman in letting tenders for breaking and carting metal
from Sanderson's quarry was confirmed, It was resolved to call for tenders for 300 yds. sandstone broken to 3in. from A. O. Parker's quarry ; also 100 yds. 2iu. metal from Leigh quarry, and 100 yds. 2in. metal from Rogers' quarry ; also hauling 450 yds. from Mt. Brame to Thompson's hill, Wharehine bridge; and hauling 200 ydsi sandstone from Taylor's quarry. The action of the Riding member in accepting offer from S. Inger for hauling 100 yds. metal from Mt. Brame at 2s 6d was approved.^—Council noted with approval the statement that the settlers were breaking and spreading this metal free of charge. It was resolved that the charge for metal at Mt. Brame quarry until further notice be as follows :—Crushed brown stone, 6s per yd. ; screened brown stone, 7s ; crushed blue stone, 9s per yd. The clerk was instructed to apply to the Highways Board for the purchase of a stone crusher 15x9 for Mt Brame quairy, and arrange a time payment term. * The long-standing question of Dunningham's deviation at Ahuroa occupied some time. A document was read which had been received from the P.W.D. Engineer, making all sorts of enquiries about the job and asking for alterations and additions to specifications and proposals as though the work was only beginning, and as though the P. vVD. had no information about it in their office. The many delays and slow progress of this work caused through the objections of the P.W.D. had become so annoying that it was resolved to send a copy of the correspondence to the Minister for Public Works and to the Prime Minister, asking that the matter be expedited. It has now been in progress (or want of progress) for some seven or eight years. The matter of estimates for maintenance work on the various Mam Highways in the County was reviewed and estimates for next year's amounts scheduled. It was decided to hold next Council meeting on Tuesday, April 12kb, instead of April 19th, the due date, owing to latter falling in Easter week. The engineer's report, which will appear in next week's issue, was adopted.