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AKAROA. BOROUGH COUNCIL.

The first mcc ing in th«. New Year was held on Wednealay evening, »h-n there were present—Hia Worship the Mayor, and Crs, A. R. Munro, C. S. Cintrell, J B- New., ton, M. G. Dalv*. T. Lewitt, J. J- Walker, C. W. Leete, and D. if'yfe. An apology was'received from Cr L. J. Vangioni. The Marine Department wrote as follows: —"1 ha*e the honour to ackno lodga the receipt of your letter of the 17th October last, jin whico you apply for a renewal of the license issued to you in 190 C to occupy foreshore in Akaroa Harbour as a site fir a whaif, and ask that clause 6 of the conditions dealing with the surplus revenue be left out of the new license. In reply, I have to inform you that His Excellency the Governor in Council has licensed your Coun cil to occupy the foreshore referred to for a period of fourteen years from the 28th June. 1910, being the date of expiry of the previous license, The Order in Council also repre scribeH the du'-s for the U3e of the wharf. As regards your request that clause 6 of the original Order in Council should be left out of the new one, I have to state that this clause was revoked by Order in Council of the 2nd September, 1907, and a new clause substituted the efcr. The new clause has been inc'uded in tbe new Order in Council,

in place ; pf the;old clause C. I forward here with, fdr your information, a copy of the Order in Council, which will be publish id in this week's issue of the New Zealand Gazette*"

Clause 6 reads as follows :—''-The revenue derived from the receipts on account of such wharf shall be applied for the purposes of maintaining repairing, and otherwise keep' ing in good order and condition the said wharf, or any other wharves which are under the controlcf the Gounoil. or for providing further wharf accommodation,"

His Worship the Mayor said the Council had applied to have this clause deleted and another inserted giving the Council authority to use whaif revenue for general purposes. The letter was received. Mwsrs Martiner Bros., printers, Christi church, wrote re tbe Council advertising in

a tourist guide for Canterbury. It was decided to accept the offer of £12 10s for 10 pages of reading nnd other matter on the motion of Cr Daly seconded by Cr Leete.

Mr H, G. Youngman, harbourmester, wrote saying the Marine Department would grant the Council permission to take shingle olf the foreshore at places specified by the harbourmaster at a royalty of 3d per yard. Messrs • arge and Annal, plumbers for the new po.-t office, asked concerning a water oonneotion.

It was decided to supply the information. Applications for aiectric light supply were granted to Messrs Davies and J. Phillips. Mr Ja?. Phillips forwarded plans and specifications for alterations to his residence in Lavaud street in compliance with the bylaws. The Mayer moved Cr Newton, Walker and Cantrell be a special committee to insn°ct these plans and any others submitted, and to report t) next meeting.

The motloa was carried. Cr Munro moved the Mayor's action in granting the builder permission to start on Mr J. Phillips' resilience be approved. Seconded by Cr Leete and carried. The Akaroa Boating Club wrote applying for a lic.-n?e for a social hall.

The application was granted. Tha Akaroa Fire Brigade wrote stating that the main bell at the station was difficult to ring. It was 1> ft to Cr Walker to see that the bell was put in woiking order. An application for a drainage connection was granted Mr J. Phillips, Mr O. Fergus, caretaker of the baths, wrote complaining that adults were bathing outside the baths, and pointing out that this was a breach of the bylaws. The Mayor said the buths bad been filled to oveifiowing during the hot weather, and he understood that on one occasion there were twenty ladies in one room,. Cr Munro moved the police be instructed to take action against any bathers over the age of 1G years who bathed off the wharf. Seconded by Or Cantrell. Cr Daly said there was not enough accommodation at the baths, and bathers were forced to bathe outside. Ho bad seen it frequently happen that bathers could not get the dressiug room 3, and they walked down in overcoats from the hotels and boarding houses. They were forced out of the baths It was not as if they were trying to avoid the fee. The Council certainly must provide more dressing accommodation. The baths was only a doll house at present. Ha did not th ; nk the Council should be too hard and fast about bathing outßide. There would be no futther trouble as soon as the baths com m ttee met and the extra accommodation was provide!.

The motion was carrird. A transfer was granted from W. H. Henning to D. Handisides for a term of seven years. Cr Lewitt. reported the new ele.ctrical engineer bad started his duties on January Ist, and was very satisfactory.

The Town Cleric reported re the ABh; burton reserves, which he recently inspected, as follows:—

" I beg to report that on Monday, Decern' ber 29, I inspected the Bororgh reserves at Dromore, and on the whole found them in very good order, and the grain crops particularly looked well and promising a good yield. The fences were in fair order, the custom of the district being to allow the gorse to grow while in pasture and cut the hedges well back when a grain crop has been sown ; in one case the gorse and hedges are now being cut Lot I.—Occupied by Messrs Kay Bros. The whole of this lot is in grass. Lot 2—Mr Digby, the tenant, desires the consent of the Borough Council to a waterrace being brought across Dromore-road into bis land and re.taken across the road some chains down. I recommend that the consent be given, as it "will enable him to use with bettor advantage two paddocks that are now without water.: He also asks that assistance be given him in erecting permanent ironfencing in subdividing his land. He points out tha l , if he has assistance now, it would help him very much more than if be hag to wait for compensation at the end of his tenancy. He also complains that the roof of the lean-to of his cottage, which is very flat, leaks bad y during rain, and from the markings on this wall I can quite believe that this : s so. He also showed me a part of the floor of one room where the boards had broken away. Lot 3 —Mr Amos, the tenant cf this lot, has sold his interest in the lease to Mr Digby, so. that the qupstion of right of road between Digby and Mrs Morgan (now Ben nison), the tenant of lot i, does not arise. Lot 4 —Mrs Morgan has recently sold her interest in this lot to A. J. Bennison, and the "ransfer to him comes before the Council for consent. Mr Bennison is a young man who is very well recommended by Mr H. A. Lloyd, has just startfd for ! iraself and is about to marry, The lot he occupies is the one on which tbe Council erected a new dwi-lling for Mr Maxwell, Mr Bennison asks that the Council erect a wash house tha house, and also assist him in erecting iron fence, in order that he can efficient, ly work the land and procure water for the same. Would recommend that, if the Council are willing to assist the tenants in the direction asked, they should pay interest on the amount laid out by the Gounod, in addition to the present rental. Tbere is another matter that I would recommend the consideraion of the Council—that is the making of plantations, which in years to come would be a very great benefit to the reserves, and I think that the assistance of the tenants must be obtained. In conclusion, I lave to. record with many thanks the assistance rendered by Mr H. A. Lloyd, who took me over the reserve in his motorcar, and horn his knowledge enabled me to see the reserve in much shorter time than it would otherwise have done lam making a field book, giving the cropping on each reserve, which I propose to follow up each y<ar, enabling the Council to ccc the work. I

ing of the properties."

Tbe Mayor said ho thought the Council's properties were in good order. If they got int' rest for their outlay on new fenoes, etc ,

' they should do the work. He moved the .report be referred to the Reserves Committee. Seconded by Cr Lewitt, and carried. Mr Leete moved the Town Clerk Le ha uked for inspecting the reserves.

j Seconded by Cr Lewitt, and carried

FINANCE REPORT

Amount received dace glast meetingRat"*. £46 18s lid; rent. £56 23 9d; water up.ly, £4 5) 6d; electric connections, £2 7s 8d; license fees, £1; sundri s, £7 2s Gd; to al, £117 17a 4d. Pank Account—Daly's wbaf loan ao count, cr. £796 17>; district fund account, dr. £531 153 sd; cash in hand; £).

Aocounts amounting to £t9O 43 8d were paesed for payment.

THE BATHS

Cr Leete, referring to the overtaxed accommodation at the baths, said he thought it was time the Baths Committee took steps to amplify the present accommodation, which was totally inadequate. He moved the matter be referred to the Baths Committee to provide more accommodation.

Seconded by Cr Fyfe: ! The Mayor said the old limber from Daly's wharf would be quite sufficient for new dressing rooms fr>r the baths, and ihe cost would not be a great one. The decking could be used for that purpose. Cr Lewitt said tbe Council could not affo'd the extra expense of new dressing rooms, as there was no revenue coming in

from the baths at present. Cr Leete considered the baths a great asset, as sea bathing was so popular with visitors. It was as necessary to have proper as to metal the streets. It was certainly

their business to provide proper baths for the vi-itors.

Cr Munro supported build ngaheds on the foreshore. Ho said the baths were like a doll house, and the gangway would carry a railway engine. The Mayor said he thought the hatha were a credit to tbe boroueb. They wanted attractive buildings, and he tcok exception to Cr Munro's remarks.

Cr Newton said he also took exception to Cr Monro's remarks, as the latter had approved of the plana when before tbe Council, He had heard him at least a dozen times make the statement that the baths were a doll's house. Cr Munro: I was not in the Council at the time the plans ware approved. The motion was carried. Cr Daly said they had hot salt water biths at Sumner, and he was going to Christ, church shortly, and he would inspsct them. He said the Council should get revenue enough to mat.* the baths pay summer and winter, and they could only do this by installing hot sea water baths. Cr Lewitt moved electric current be sup" plied to the new electrical engineer free of cost for four lamps and a kettle and iron, Seconded by Cr Fjfe, and carried. Tbe Mayor reported having appointed Mr Phillipa ranger for the borough _ j The Mayor moved a special meeting be called next Council night to consider the Question of holding the half holiday throughout the year, Seconded by Cr Newton, and carried. It was decided to advertibe t K at 10 per cent, wou'.d be added to all rates outstanding. The meeting then adjourned.

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AKAROA. BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4364, 16 January 1914

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AKAROA. BOROUGH COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4364, 16 January 1914

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