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A deputation from the Wairewa County Council, consisting of Messrs J. 0. Coop (chairman), J. F. Buchanan, T. Tbomp3on, and T. Qaealy (Clerk) waited on the Mniste- of Public Works, the Hon. Mr Fraser, regarding a £400 grant for metalling the Kinlooh roads, which had appeared on the Estimates. Mr T. Qaealy read the statement which tbe Council wished to place before tha Minister. The statement is as, follows:—

"Referring to this Council's applies tion for a grant of £400 towards metalling part of Kinloch roads, and to the statement in your Estimates that the grant would be made less a sum of £312 already paid, this Council would most respectfully call your attention to the fact that no such amount was ever paid to this Council, and considering that the works intended have already been completed as under, this Council finds itself in an awkward position. The quantity of metal placed on the roads in anticipation of this grant is 1296 cubic yards, and the roads over which it bas been used are Gap, Long Bay, and Teoka, the cost of quarrying, spawling, crush ing, earfciog, and spreading is as near as possible 6/ per yard or epproxim ately £388. Tbe total grants this Council have received froru the Department are—l9ll, £ for £ cloying beach road, Birdling's Flat to connect with Kinloch roads £150; 1912. £ for £ towards altering three footbridges at Kinloch to cart bridges, £162 ; 1913 grant £352 Os 3d metalling Kinlocb roads, and a subsidy of £237 8 i lid towards erection of a ' oronation lib rary. The latter amount vcas not a public works grant, although p*fd offi cially to the Connty Council AH these work 3 have been carried cut fully and passed by your officers, and there seems no reference to a of £312. While on the subject of Kin loch roads, we beg respectfully to call your attention to the fact that they cover over 30 miles, and were banded over by tbe Department in most unsatisfactory state, and this Council have to put them into proper order with the aid of your Department from time to time The greater part of these roads have had to be regraded, especially as regards widening and draining, since handed over by your Department." The deputation pointed out that the Council had not expended £312 of £400 grant which appeared on the Estimates in 1912, but understood it was spent by the Department on Rey nolds' road to top of the hill, The Minister said he aid not know whether tbe £312 was spent by the Department or the Council, but in any case the money had been ex pended, and only the balance of the £400 was available to be expended on these roads. He said the grant of £400 that appeared on the last Estimates for metalling Kinloch roads was simply re voted, as was shown in tbe Estimates The deputation stated that they understood the £400 was a new grant, and in anticipation of the same had broken metal a3 Btated in their statement at a cost, of £388, The Minister then explained a* some length the mistake the Council had made in assuming that a grant of £400 had been placed on the Estimates for improvement of the Kinloch road 3. He showed the deputation that it was plainly stated that the money had been re voted, and that the Wairewa Council, or the Go/ernment, bad expended £812 of this Bum. He further stated that a vote of this kind would be re-voted so long as the money had not actually been paid out of the Treasury before March 81 of the preceding year. Mr Queaiy pointed out that the statement of expenditure had been forwarded to the Department before March 81, and the money had been paid over to the Council. The Minister said the statement of expenditure might have been in before March 81, but be was sure the money had not been paid out of the Treasury before March 31, otherwise tbe vote would not have appeared on tbe Esti mates again. He said the mistake was being continually made by local bodies. They thought that a revoted grant was a new one, simply because tbey had spent all the money voted to them, Bimply because tbey had spent all the money voted to them, but what was a liability to a local body was not a liability to tbe Government until the money bad been actually paid over by the Treasury. The Hon. Mr Fraser then agreed to look into the grants made towards the Kinloch Settlement roads, and the expenditure of £312 by the Depart ment and the £852 by the Wairewa County Council during 1912 13. Tbedeputation then pointed out that they had expended a further sum of £888 in metal recently f 1913-14 in anticipation of the grant that bad ap jivredon the Estimates. They aho loned out that the Kinloch roads bad been left badly graded, unculvert , ed and unmetalled, and what a serious drag it was on the Council's revenue to keep these roads in thorough order. The Minister said the Council had no right to expend their money until they had submitted rough plans and specifications to the Public Works Department and received tbe necessary authority to proceed with the work. He would try and get the £200 voted the Council in consideration of the money expended by them if the Public Works Engineer inBpected the works and was satisfied the money bad been expended. - The Minister also promised that be would see tbe £200 granted for tbe bridge at Puaba was re-voted if the

j money was not expended before March 81.

Tbe Hon. P. 11. Rhodes, member for the district, stated that he bad put the Council's request for a giaut of £100 for the Kinloch roads before the Minister, but Mr Frasor bad been unable to accede to the request.

The deputation then thanked the Hon. Mr Fraser for a patient heating. POSTAL MATTERS AT LITTLE


The same deputation then ap proached the Hon. Mr Rhodes, Post-masfcer-General, regarding the post office at Little River, and asked that tbe telephone bureau should re-open in the evenings between 7 and 7.30 p.m , or 730 and 8 p.m. Tbey also asked that a higher grade postal official should be put in charge, and that an afternoon delivery should be made and private boxes provided.

The Minister, in answer, said he understood that there wa<* no wish among the residents of tbe district to have a new post office at Litile River, and it was now proposed that suitable Postal Department additions should be made to the railway station Thi*, he tho lght, would be a'l that was re quired He "promised he would favourably consider their requests, and would, when the additions were being made, take into consideration tbe provision for rrivate boxes, which would be accessible to the public at all times.

The Ministers and party were then entertained at afternoon tea, and took their departure for Ouristehu eh at 6 30 p.m.

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DEPUTATION AT LITTLE RIVER., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4364, 16 January 1914

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DEPUTATION AT LITTLE RIVER. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4364, 16 January 1914

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