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The ordinary meeting qJ the Wairewa County Counoil was held on Tuesday last. Pr'eeent: Messrs .J. 0. Coop (obairmarO. 1. Thompson, W. P. Parkinson, J. 0. C. Gabble, Jno Baehanan and T. Feather. Correspondence was read— From Mr H, Nibblett, reporting re progress on tit. Boasu toad, and stating that ha did not think the money voted would quite Jo the necessary work. It was resolved tint the matter of further ugenditure be left with the dark to consult with tire■■ Akaroa and Wainui lioad Board. Prom Mr Gao. Harper, solicitor, intimating that unless an agreement in writing has been entered into between tho Council knd tha A ! aroa and Wftinui Iload Board to pay for land in Puaha it would bo illegal for the Counoil to pay for the land. Tho opinion is as follows:— " I am of opinion-that the Oounoil would not bo justified in adhering to its offer to pay £30 or any eutn per aore for land purohased for the road diversion. The land, teing in oluded in tho land described in the First Schedule to the Akaroa and Wainui Koad District, Ak*roa County and Wairewa County Alteration of Boundaries Act, 1912, would pans by virtue of the Act to the Wairewa County CoHDoil, The land in question became the property of the Crown, alilKUyh bought by the Boad Board for a road diversion out of Hβ funds; and unless an agreement l wa* made consequent on tliß Jieveranoe for the paymont to tho Road Board for the land by your Council no payment should be made for it at the present time" , , "Opinion: lam in receipt of your letter of the 4th inst. By the Akaroa and Wainui Road District, Akaroa County and Wairewa County Alteration Aot, 1912, Section 6, it is prescribed that the proviuonsof the Counties Aot relating to the alterations of boundaries between Counties and to the severance of part of one County are to apply as if the alterations by the Aot effected had been carried out by agreement between the Akaroe County Council and tho Wairewa County Council. By the Counties Aot, 1908, I on 17, when the boundaries of a Count\ a c •'tared, the Counoilß of the Counties may »jiee together to transfer a fair share of the norperty, dobte and liabilities of anj County Wtiich ia diminished to any County which is Increased in area by cuch alteration oi bnindariesj but such ngreement is to be in writing, and ia to be final. In the absence of an agreement in writing between tha two Counties the Wairewa County Oounoil would not be acting legally in paying to the Akaroa County Counetl the amount mentioned." It wan resolved that copies of this Council's iolioitof'B opinion be forwarded to the Akaroa and Wainui Boad Board together with eoplee of this Council's letter asking for ftdvfoe, and if the Board could see any legal way out of the matter the Wairewa County Counoil ia willing to comply with offer re purchase. From " Akaroa Mail," Offering to print loriit pound notices of ehargea. It was resolved that the offer bo accepted, Mr Gebbie proposed thnt in accordance with Beotion 4 of the Impounding Aot the oittxlmunl driving lee ov«r ihe Oounty be reduced tv sa. Seconded by Mr Parkinson and carried, It was resolved that the chairman hf ulhQrieed to arrange with the nnger ai to

an extra rayment under the above on From Akaroa and Wainui Bond Board, offering to expend a sum ot £25 towards improving part of Mt. Bossu road on the understanding that the Counc.l p ? id a eimilar amount and that the Council was authorised to carry oat the work. From Eatne te leasing certain reserves in Yt was resolved that the clerk write to the Akaroa and Wainui Koad Board eh airman on this matter. Mr F. G. Reid, Patone, wrote, quoting a price for dog collar.-*. It was decided to apply for a samp c. The secretary of the New Zealand Counties Association wrote re the Rating Act Amendment Bill as follows:— »I am directed by the President of the New Zealand Counties Association to inform you that the Rating Amendment Bill pro ( vides for the re enactment of piragraph ' c of seotion 2 under the heading -Rateable Value 'of the Rating Act, 1908. Thiß question of the rating of pastoral lands of the Crown was considered at the Conferences held in 1904 and 1907, and (he Government wn<3 repeatedly urged to, and did, amend the law to provide for the equitable rating of these lands ; and it is now proposed to revert to the former inequitable position of re' enaoting the) aforesaid section. If the proposal is carried, the rating values of these pastoral lands will not alter during iho whole period of the leaae, whereas adjoining freebold land of the same quality and productive capacity is burdened from time to time as the value thereof increases, and the freeholder has to p»y an increased sum in rates w'.thout receiving a corresponding benefit, and this position is the more pronounced where sp citil loans are raised for the purposa of providing one access in special districts comprising both classes of property. Will your Council. please give this matter early consideration and request its representative in Parliament to oppose the proposal," The chairman moved the clerk write to the (Hon. R. H. Rhodes and ask him to oppoee the amendment of the Bill.

The chairman reported that a comrpuni. cation bad been received eince last meeting frem the Hon. R. B. Rhodes enclosing the proposed amendment to the Railway Bill in which it was propos d that the local authorities should bear the cost of improving level railway crossings by overhead ways or Bignas. He had communicated with Mr Rhodes objeoting to the proposed amendment of the Railway Bill. Hie action waa approved. icnqinegr's bkport.

The engineer reported as follows ; —"Since last meeting the statutory annual meeting of the Council was held on November 26th, and Mr James O. Coop was re-elected chairman for current year. Myself and the chairman waited on Messrs Booth and McDonald re their account, and owing to their manager being away, we were unable to reach a satisfactory conclusion. The bridge at Willisden has been completed, and the total cost would be about £50. There were very steep and lengthly approaches all cf which necessitated being h" led with rock, as do earth was available, and this added very materially to the coat. The teams wll etart ehinglini? Kinlooh r ad from beach to M A. d. Price's house today. To date Mr Layers has crushed 700 yards of stone on Kinloch roade, and is just about to start on Teoka road. TLij take about a fortnight, weather permitting. Mr Niblott and two men are at work on Mt. Bossu road, and get. ting on Batisfactorily. There has been no constabl in the district for the past month, and the Council's bylaws are neglected, but but it is thought unfair that this should continue, especially during the harvest season, vilien there will be an influx of harveste c, and representations from the Council may have the effect of moving the authorities in the matter. I may report that owing to a statement in the Publio Works Estimates that £400 has been put on the said estimates for Kinlooh road metalling, £312 of which was already paid. I have written to the Hon. Mr Rhodes explaining that Of the £352 0a 3d received last year the whole amount has been expended, and that the application made this year was for farther expenditure on those roads and had no connection with :ast year's grant." FINANCE BErOnT. Bate at 5 8d in the £ £2265, rents approximately £300, Government suosidy £500, miscellaneous, licences, etc, £50, total £3115. Dr Account -Dr balance £1600, charitable levy, unpaid £278, salaries £100, wagee, etc. £800, total £2278-£1837. Lc33 rates for 1914, collected £306, balance £531. According to section 4 of the "Impounding Act, 1908," a local authority may lower the fees chargeable under the Act, but cannot rait-o them. I note this having regard to heavy fees chargeable lor long distances, bin if the Council should decide to do so, it must alHo consider the remuneration of the stock ranger, The Clerk reported having written to the (Jon. R. 11. Rhodes explaining that it appe red in tho newspmerH that a grant fc t ihe K.nlo'.h iui-'.s had been made (o the (Jouno'l for £400. £312 of which had been expended. He pointed out that the application made by the Council was for an entirely new gran', as the coat of metalling the Kin* loch roads wai far too heavy an expenditure for the Council to undertake.

The Clerk's action was approved. The Clerk reported that the total sale cf the cocksfoot on i-jatJa this year was £25 2s

8d - • • . It waa decided the Engineer enquire into the comparative cost of a wooden bridge or a ferro concrete for the new bridge at Puaha. The Engineer reported he and Mr Thompson had niadu a rough survey of the road nsked for by Mr F. Reed at Puaha, and they could get a grade of 1 in 7 by diverting the Government road. Thie would mean that the road would go through Messrs J. Chap, man's and it. Paton's property. There w*re afcjbut 22 qhaina to be formed, and the coet would be £20 for forming alone. A diseußHlon took placode putting [a. road to this property, Messrs Parkinson, Feather

Gebbfe oppo3 ! ng it on the ground that it was a one man road, and the owner cf the prop rty was not residing on the sectionIo wai decided to leave the matter of rnak■g the road fjr a finthor period. Accounts, amounting to £383 IGa 81 pr pafid for ji.ijnuuitMr.GibiiH B-ii'i ili cbitn e.y nl Gebbie's V il!t-y ir.i.i no j-.-tbicn repaired. Th-> etvtirni: n it, Is Itft, in M'-i c lie'- li'iiid" 'o --"■■ tli't w■ k ■■••■ i S?O'ir-de i i .-1 ' " ■"■■■■ ■" n, i ' '"■. i> d Mr Tiionip on ijvjii.'l.i v-.t h 'j \< of i,ho olil iib.-nty til L t-< j fi-.-i. He ?uggestfd that ih t-ropeily n-il * "i! Him sliouid be vested in tho dm d. II- movrd tlie clerk w itts to tho Mii.i t-r ■ f l'.iblio Affair.?, asking that the old ii'iifity blioald be vest d io Hih Council, reveiiiie'(ram tame to be paid over io the tew t'o.ouation Library J inniitf,' c. Seconded by Mr Paikin on, snd carr'ed. The transfer of the licniee ot. the Lake Fora ,li Ani.s Hot 1 from J G. liitmore to Frank \Y was r.pnicved. The Council then conHidered (be propped traction engine and hravy traffic by- , law 3. Is was If; in the chairman's hands to consult the solid , ors re the by-laws at an eirly date.

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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 12 December 1913

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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 12 December 1913

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