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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.

A meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday evening. Preseni — Hig Worship tbe Mayor, and Crs Fyfe, Cantrell, Newton, Munro, Daly, Leete and Walker.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE. Leave of absence was granted to Crs Vangioni and Lewitt. The Mayor reported Mrs W. H. Htnning bad presented a book con taining a list of sections purchased in the Province of Canterbury in 1863 for the Council'a collection. He moved tbe Council heartily thank Mrs Henning for the gift, Seconded by Cr Leete, and carried.

Messrs Beswick and Harris wrote re motor by laws, that they were sufficiently advertised as incorporated in the Borough By laws in their opinion. Sign posts were only necessary for dangerous corners

The Mayor said be thought it would be better to have signboards re limit; of speed of motors put up in the borough. He bad got the opinion from the solicitors, instead of Mr Martin, counsel for the -Municipal Association. During the Labour Day week end motors were travelling through the town at about twenty miles an hour.

Or Cantrell said he thought motors and motorcycles should not be driven without silencers, They bai been running through the town without silencers during the Labour Day weekend. Hβ moved that in the borough no motor cycles should be allowed to go through the streets without silencer?, and that notice boards be placed throughout the borough, denoting the speed limit and action to be taken against offenders.

Seconded by Cr Leete, and carried.

Messrs LeCren and Laurenson wrote, saying they were prepared to give all information regarding steel spiral pipes if the Council contem plated connecting up the Grehan Valley creek witb the electric light reservoir. The Miiamar Borough Council wrote, BRying they bnd a quantity of cast iron pipes for eale and two lift pumps. Hill's Patent Water Main Cleaning Syndicate wrote re water pipe cleaners for tbe corroded pipe?, and giving testimonials.

Tbe three letters were referred to the Works Committee to report to next meeting of the Council.

The Plumbers' Board wrote re examination for licensing plumbers,

The letter was received

The Government Insurancs DopartmenD wrote re the renewal of tbe policies for accident for borough employees.

Or Leete moved the policies be renewed,

Seconded by Cc Newton, and carried.

Mr H. R, Newton was granted a permit to connect with the borough water supply, The Akaroa Boating Club wrote as follows: —

" Your letter of the 24th ult. to hand. You state that it will be neces sary in connecting with the drainage system to create a small septic tank, and that the Council is prepared to pay half. At a recent meeting your letter wag brought before my committee. It was decided to write and ask why we should pay half the cost of connecting, when, if it were a private house, the whole of the cost would be met by the Council. Why the distinction ? I would like to remind you that we are one of the few sports clubs in Akaroa that pay rates, and we expect a fair share of the privileges which are extended to clubs that give the Council no financial support. Hoping the Council will give the matter further consideration."

Cr Leete said at the previous meet iug of the Council he strongly ob jected to the club being charged with the half cost of the septic tank. The club was the only one in the borough paying rates. The cricket and tennis olubs had received much help from the Council, and he thought the Council should waive their resolution to charge the Boating Club. It was mainly through their endeavours that the regatta had been held here for years, and they had brought several championships to Akaroa through their endeavours. The club had not the slightest benefit from the borough in any way. He gave notice of motion to move—That that part of the Works Committee report dealing with the septic tank charge passed at last meeting of the Council be rescinded.

The applications for two waterclosets were granted to the Akaroa Boating Club.

Messrs Booth and Macdonald wrote, forwarding an account of £5 for tbß expert sent to Akaroa to give a trial of the Council's road grader, Cr Newton said the wheels of th grader were faulty, and Messrs Bootf. and Vlacdonald ought to bear be>lf th cost of the expert. One of the lift 8 had broken where cast iron had been

used. It would not be very creditable

to them if the Council gave other lecal bodies their opinion of the work

put into tbe machine. Most business firms would have sent down an expert without charging, He moved they be written to, asking them if they could reduce their charge, and the faults in the machine be pointed out.

Seconded by Cr Fyfe, and carried.

Cr Cantrell said he. did not think the grader was at all suitable for the borough and on metalled roads. He thought it was only meant for working where there was no metal

Cγ Munro said the grader was an utter failure more or less. The machine was a toy, and of no Use at all.

The Mayor said Mr Middletoi), the expert, had epoken highly of the machine. It meant a big saving of labour. As soon as the grader waa put on the streets it Would do good work.

Cr Fyfe said the horses use 3 were unsteady, and that had made the trial in Jolie Street unsatisfactory. Cr Newton eaid be wae of opinion the grader would do good work, and be was quite satisfied it would save a great deal of labour. Cr Leete thought the grader a good investment, ~

The motion was carried.

The Akaroa Boating Club applied for £200 of the £300 deposited at the Bank to the Council's credit.

Cr Newton moved and Or Munso seconded, the money be paid over,

The motion was carried.

Mr J. Vangioni wrote saying he would widen the footpath in Jolie Street (torn 4ft 6ins to! 6fb it the Council would put a lift crossing over the channel to his property. Hβ intended building at the cornel' of Jolie and Church streets.

The matter was referred to the Works Committee with power to act. The Public Trustee wrote forwarding the first instalment of the Daly's wharf loan of £400.

The letter waa received,

The Town Clerk, Christohurch, wrote as follows:—'i have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 17th inst, and in reply to inform you that the average cost pi concrete channelling and kerbing per chain, in accordance with the section now adopted by my Council, is £5, but if a considerable quantity were being done the cost might be a little less."

Cr Munro said he was the cause of getting that information, . The kerb* ing and channelling done at Akaroa was quite as good as that done in Christchurcb, and the talk in the town about the cost of kerbing and channelling should be stopped.

Cr Newton said sand and cement were both dearer in Akaroa than in Christchurcb, and yet the channelling and kerbing only cost £5 59 per chain. The letter was received, it

Cr Munro said Mr C. Pool had offered £2 for the old shed on the end of Daly's wharf. He moved the offer be accepted. , ;

The Town Clerk said the foreman wanted the shed for storing cement. Cp Newton seconded the motion, which was carried.

FINANCE REPORT.

Amounts received since last meeting —Rent, £56 8s 93; rates, £50 16s 7d ; electric current and connections, £9 18s 2d ; fees (hotel and dog), £8 103; drainage, 6s; sundries, £2 4e 6d; Daly's wharf loan, £896 17s; total, £520 Is.

Bank Account—Akaroa Boating Club, dr. £300 ; district fund account, dr. £39 123 lid ; Daly's loan, cr. £396 17s.

Account;?, amounting to £74 5a 23, were passed for payment, t The report was adopted, * The May of said instead' of writing to tbe Postmaster General re the Akaroa post office he bad called a meeting, and it had been decided to tend round a petition, asking tne Govern* raent to build in brick or stone. The Town Oiork and Mr Leete had obtained a hundred and eighty signatures. He moved tbo petition be forwarded to tbe Postmaster-General.

Seconded by Or Leete, and carried.

Or Muni*o moved the Town Cloik he erapowere'l to sue for rrgistra'ion feea for a'l iuKPj;istnred dofif^. Or Leete wantel to know if <hn Council would sell metal to the Br, Peter's Church Vestry for metalling a road the Veatry were having m'vle to the new Vioafage, to be erected on the lection next to the new school, ft would be a ten feet or twelve feet road.

The Mayor said the Council wero quite prepared to sell metal from the borough quarry. It was the oustom to sell it to ratepayers.

Hia Worßhip the Mayor said every ypar the municipalities throughout New Zealand sent New Year cards to the Council. Hβ thought they should fall in with the idea as well. It was decided not to send the

cards.

The mooting then terminated

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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4348, 7 November 1913

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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4348, 7 November 1913

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