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The ordinary monthly meeting of tbe Akaroa and Wainui Road Board was held at Duvauchelle on Saturday last. Present,: Messrs G. Armstrong (chairman), G. MuiV cock, W. W. Williams, R. A. Pettigrew, and D. McKay. . „ . .. Mr Jno, Gracia wrote, stating that the Board's men were grazing their horses on the Hiokory road, and he thought tbat the Board should give him compensation for this. Tbe chairman said he did not think that anything should be done in the matter until the Board members inspected the damage done when they inspected the road. He thought that an agreement should be drawn up similar to that of the Akaroa County Council with those who bought cocksfoot on roads. The foreman had stated no damage had been done. Mr Williams said if the workmen were to tie their horses up to the fence it was very hard on them, Mr Mulcock said he had heard complaints from the men about having to tie their horses on the road. He suggested the men should tether theirhorses.

Mr Pet'igrew moved tbat Mr Qraoia be written to Btating that it he was not willing to take the road owing to tbe damsge done by the men's horses his money would be refunded, and tbat it be left in the chair, man's hands to re sell the road if Mr Gracia was not willing to still keep the road. Seconded by Mr Mulcoo and carried. The Harbourmaster (Mr H. T. Youngman) wrote as follows: — "In reply to yours of tbe 29th October, 1913, to the Minister of Marine, I am in. structed to inform you that before permis" sion can be granted to erect a wall it is necessary to supply in duplicate plans of the wall to be constructed and a plan showing the site of it, plans to be forwarded through the Harbourmaster, Akaroa. Re your application for permission to take material from the foreshore, please state the quantity required and the part of the foreshore you desire to take it from."

Th 6 chairman said he understood that metal was being taken off the beach by other local bodies and private persons. He did not think this metal was paid for. He thought that the request for plans of sea walls erected was absolutely rediculous as it would be endless expense if the local bodies had to make a plan of every little wall put up. Mr Mulcock asked if the sand that was taken from Wainui was charged for.

Tbe chairman said he understood this was not charged for.

The letter was received. The Okain's Road Board wrote as follows: —

" I am directed by the Okain's Boad Board to ask your Board to take into consideration an improvement in the grade of the upper part of the Piper's Valley road by a diversion through a portion of Mr G. Hayward's section, It is thought that if Mr Hayward would be agreeable to ths diversion it would be a pity to form the road on the present .steep grade. Hoping your Boaid will not consider this an undue interfer ence.—C. S. F. Moore, Clerk"

Mr Pettigrew moved this application be considered when the Board improved that part of the road. Seconded by Mr McKay and ca lied. The Wairewa County Council wrote as follows re the Puaha rererves :—

" Beferring to your Board's request that this Council may carry out your promises to lease for seven years to Mr Cossar property in Puaha now in the control of the Council, I am directed to apply to you for the par. ticulars on v, hich your promise to Mr Cossar was made, especially in regard to your authority to lease that part of the property known as the railway reserve, and any other particulars which you may be able to supply Relative to this Council's promise to purchase from your Board 4J acres of road diversion property in Puaha, I am directed to place before you this Council's legal opinion on its legal right to carry out the said promise, and also the copy of letter asking for such legal opinion, and after you had perused them to ask you to suggest to this Council any way which would legally authorise it to carry out its promise to so purchase.—l am etc, T. Quealy, Clerk." The following is the letter written to j Messrs Harper, Son and Paecoe by the Wairewa County Counoil — [Copt.]' "Messrs Q, Harper, Son and Pasooe, Solicitors, Christchurch.—Dear Sirs,— I im directed by this Council to ask your directions as under :~~ln the recent Puaha

teveraoca between this Council and the Vk»roa atid Wainni Koad Board there was a matter of some 4£ acres o! land which tbe tload Board had purchased at an earlier date for the purpose of road diversion, and vhich after the severance this Counoil offered to purchase at £30 per acre, alleged to be its present value, and the Boad Board aceppted the offer. Subsequently the Board discovered that the land passed automatically into the possession of the Council, and that, therefore, it had no claim to the rig t to Bell. Now this Council, neverthles*, have decided to adheri to its offer of £30 per acre, and tho query is: Would tne Council be legally authorised to pay this amount, or any amount, under the ciroumstanoes?—l am, etc., T. Quealt, Clerk." " The answer was that the Council could not legally pay for the property unless a written agreement was entered into to that effect between both bodies." [Copy.] "Messrs G. Harper, Son and Pascoe.— Dear Sirs, —Beferring to your letter re pay ment for reserve consequently on late Puaha severance, and to your remark therein re agreement in writing between the bodies concerned. I am directed to intimate that the only agreement was a verbal one made at tbe conference held to adjust tha accounts, viz , that this Council would take the property at £30 per acre. Under such can the Council pay the money?—l am, etc., T. Quealy, Clerk." The chairman said it appeared to him that the Borcugh and County Councils could buy land and keep it. In the case of a severance tbe Boad Boards lost all juris diction. This was because the land bought by Boad Boards was vested in the Crown. He thought that legislation should be passed giving Koad Boards the same authority of the land purchased by them as County and Borough Councils, He thought the Wairewa County Council had treated the Board very fairly in the matter. He moved the Board's solicitors be written to, asking if the Board had any legal right to sell the land to the Wairewa County Council. Seconded by Mr Williams, and carried. With reference to the Board's right to collect the rent of tbe railway reserve, Mr Mulcock moved the clerk be authorised to look the matter up and communicate to the Wairewa County Council the conditions en which the rent was collected, Ireconded by Mr McKay, and carried. foremen's reports. " Since laßt meeting I have finished dressing up Hickory road, worked a few days on the Long Bay road and one on Le Bon'a Bay road. I cut broom and gorse off the foreshore on Children's Bay. I measured Mr S. Lelievre's road for metalling, and it measures twenty three chains. I have seen Mrs Gly* nan about getting tbe 6tone out of the creek for metal, and she wants 31 a yard royalty. Re the Council's metal, they carted from Glynan's heap of metal 59 yards of metal. They carted from German Bay beach fifteen yards cf screenings of ours, so tbat is a total of 74 yard* they have had from us. We have had from tbe Council 82 yards, so that leaves a balanoe of eight yards owing to the Council. lam now going to work on Mr T. Masefield's road, Gough's Bay, to morrow, il weather permitting.—W. Shadbolt." " Since your last meeting we finished blinding tha metal, and put the rest of the screenings on Piper's Valley. We also widened the cutting and metalled it. We put 16 yards of metal on the worst part of the new Pigeon Bay road, and it requires 40 or 50 yards more. We are now working at Robinson's Bay Valley metalling.—H. Dack." " Have been working on Lucas's Bay road and road going to Mr Mulcock's and Mr Heyder's, and road going to Mr Luke Wright's. I have also been on the Bossu road cleaning watertables, side channels, seeing to culverts and outlets; also repair, ing road going t) Mr A. McDonald's, and top part of Valley road. There are no nineinch pipes for culverts going to Lands End. I want*two culverts put in 10 inch pipes. Would very much' like to get horse and dray to blind road by Sandy Beach, as it seems a pity for the metal to be kioked off. Would like a horse and dray before the end of tbe month if possible.—Amos Arnold." It was decided to send the pipes to Wainui. Mr Mulcock moved Mrs Glynan be paid 3d per yard for royalty. Seconded by Mr Williams, and carried. The chairman said the Gough's Bay road was in a very bad state. There were two slips blocking this road at present, and the men bad gone over to clear the road. He thought they should decide when they should go to Hickory and Gough's Bay to inspect these roads. Mr Masefield wanted part of the road metalled, and he understood he was willing to get out the metal. It was decided to inspect the two roads on Tuesday, January 6. FINANCE REPORT, Beceipts since last meeting, £33 17s 3d: dr. balance, £77. 18s 3d; accounts preeented, £100 3s ;0d; cash in hand, £6 4s 3d; debit balance, £861 17s lOd. The chairman said the amount of rates paid in this year only amounted to about £60. It wa3 no doubt on account of the strike, and people were short of money. The Board had to pay interest on the overdraft, as the rates were coming in so slowly. The foremen's reports and financial statement were adopted. Mr Williams said on the Okain's road a point wanted t king off near Mr Noonnn'a old house. It was only a matter of a day's work.

Mr Pettigrew moved the foreman be in, structed to batter bat k this point when tbe men were working on that road. Seconded by Mr Mulcock, and carri d, Mr Mulcock said Mr Jas. Wright had again complained of the state of his road. Mr Wright wanted the members to inspect the road, He maintained that overhanging points and banks should always be battered back, and the foremen should be instructed to that eff ct. Mr Williams moved Messrs Pettigrew, McKay and Mulcock inspect Mr Wright's road, with power to have the road repaired. Seconded by the chairman, and carried, The ohairman said he noticed by tbe " Akaroa Mail" that £100 had been granted towards the German Bay Wharf road. They could erect the sea wall when this money came to hand. Mr McKay said Mr Wilkins, the engineer for the Flat road, wanted the Board to re. pair the road b tween the hotel and tbe old wharf. He moved the Board's men be put under Mr Wilkins' supervision for a week or so to repair this part of the road. Seconded by Mr Williams, and carried, Mr Mulcock moved tbat the foremen be instructed to remove all ovsrhanging bants when doing up the roads. Seconded by Mr Williams, and cairied, The Board then adjourned. |

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AKAROA AND WAINUI ROAD BOARD., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 16 December 1913

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AKAROA AND WAINUI ROAD BOARD. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 16 December 1913

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