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ELECTRIC LIGHT LOAN.

PUBLIC MEETING.

A meeting of ratepayers was held in the Borough Council Chambers, Akaroa, on Thursday evening, to consider the proposal to raise a further loan of £1000 for linking up the Grehan Valley creek,

The Mayor, who presided, explained that the object of the meeting was tc discuss the loan.. It was the opinioc of those who knew most about the scheme that it was time to extend the present supply, so that the Council could have more power to sell. Last year they had several shortages, and, with -the addition of the Grehan Valley creek, they would have ample for all requirements. Many more ratepayers would have irone and kettles if it was not.for the. fear of a shortage. The loan suggested would be for £1000. The cost of laying the pipes would be £900, and the extra £100 would be required for the raising of the loan. He remarked on the success of the borough's electric light scheme, and said that he had a letter from Ofcaki only that night, asking for particulars as to the Akaroa scheme He would ask Or Lewitt, Chairman of the Lighting Committee, to tell the meeting the financial position. Cr Lewitt said the present supply was enough for an ordinary season, but it was not big enough to cope tvish the demand for light. "He would like to increase the day supply, and :o do that they required a larger supply. Some time ago both creeka were measured, and it was found they gave much the same amount of water, s< that by taking in the Grehan Vallej cieek they would have twice the wate") at their demand. As to the financial position, there was a credit balance of £100 on last year's working, and,

with the latest additions, the balance for next year would be up to £125. The loan of £1000 would cost £60 a year, so that they would be safe to go on with the loan. They had not provided tor sinking fund on the loan. He considered £1000 was ample for their requirements. The actual cost of the was £815, and the labour, etc., brought it up to £900. .The pipe line was surveyed ready, and the easements all obtained. He considered the Grehan Valley creek was the best to work. The £1000 would cover interest for the first year. Hβ could assure ratepayers that no rate would be levied. It would have to be struck as a security. To extend the scheme they must first of all have current, and last year they were a bit short and bad to close down one night, He considered the scheme was a veiy sound one, and ratepayers need not hesitate to extend it by having the second creek in; Mr W, H. Henning said he bad lived thirty five yeare by the Grehan Valley creek, acid he could .. assure

them that ifc was a mistake to think the creek was as large as the Balguerie one. In dry weather, even down "at his place, it was the merest trickle;

If they conneoted this other creek, ifc

would be no substantial addition to

the scheme, and ifc was foolish to de-

pend on the Grehan Valley creek, He read an extract from the report of the engineer of the present scheme in

August, 1912,' in which be stated de-

cidediy that Balguerie creek would give

enough water. Now the Balguerie creek had failed. He was not criti-

cising the proposal in any hostile spirit;, but, as a ratepayer, he was sure

£1000 could be spent in a better direc

tion He suggested placing a supplementary reservoir to tap Balguerie creek just opposite Mr W. Roarigues* house. He was certain the; would

get better pressure and more water

from there than from the Grehan

Valley creek.

He would move a

motion later.

Mr J D. Bruce said it would be better for Mr Henning to explain what his scheme was. Mr Henning moved—That, in view of its being doubtful whether in a dry season the Grehan Valley creek will have- sufficient water to sub-

stantially supplement the L'Aube Hill reservoir, the Council ba respectfully requested to consider and report to a future meeting: Whether it would not be better to abandon the creek scheme) and instead to make a supplementary uncemented reservoir of large capacity on the Bite in Balguerie Valley, fixed npon by Mr Nelson in his electric lighting scheme of 1903, connecting same direct with the power-house.

He considered that it was madness to have the resevoir where it was put. They lost 50 per cent, of the water by not tapping the creek lower down.

He did not press bis own knowledge, as he was not a practical engineer, but he based his opinion' on Mr Howell's

report. Mr Howell considered that instead of spending £902 on pipes they could obtain another class ofjpipe for £150 to £200) and re-tar eachfyear Tbey lasted for 40 years. Mr NeJton's intention was to run the pipes on trestles along the creek bed, and so on to the powerhouee. The Mayor said he was surprised at Mr Henning suggesting such a wild scheme. There was not half as much water below the intake of Balguerie creek as above, and the supplementary reservoir would be useless. Cr Hewitt said that Mr Howell bad sboken to him about puddlin the reservoir to avoid the expensed of cement, and when he told' him how impossible it was to have 'puddled reservoirs on the hills, Mr Howell was quite convinced cement,. was a nsoessify, Also they gained; 200 feet more pressure by placing the . reservoir on- L'Aube hill. He in» .

stanced the leaking of the wafer supply reservoir, nnd how it soaked tbe land above anil below. Hβ said no one would give permission to the Council to puddle reservoirs in their properties. They had taken two thirds of the water from Balguorie creek, and it wa3 best to leavo the other third for the use of tbe people living lower down. As for the Greban valley creek, if it only gave one half what the Balguerie creek gave, that would be sufficient for their purposes. As to Mr Henniog's scheme, they could not make a reservoir, buy pipes, eto, for £1000, Hβ would like to tell Mr Henniog that the flow of bo h creeks wag carefully measured, and was 800 000 gallons a day. Mr Brnce said he had listened to Mr Henning's remarks, but he must say he failed to' see what advantage was to be gained by building a supplementary reservoir, Tbe proposed re servoir would only be 150 feet above the power house, while the present one was 805 feet above, and there would be a great deal of friction from the supplementary reservoir, so that some of the pressure would be lost. They would, therefore, want twice the water and it appeared to him the Balguerie creek would not supply that, As for puddling, he did not agree with Mr Henning nor Mr Howell. If tbe place suggested was a flat one it would not be so dangerous, but on a hili with people living below, the idea could not be entertained. The condition of the soil formation here wa3 against puddling. The water supply reservoir was a good example of this, Though tbfi nlftce was cemented, water got tttfOQgbj Soaking the land both above anu boiow He did not believe any amount of puddling would make such a reservoir at all safe. The Council had entered upon a scheme well thought out, and one of which he had always been in favour, and their reservoir was built solidly as part of tbo scheme. They had a cbnnca to double the supply by letting in tbe Grehan valley creek They pipe line was surveyed, etc., and all they had to do was to lay the pipes from the proposed in take. He couid not see how any rats payer could ohj-ct to the raiting of an extra £1000. Hβ objected to Mr l-'erming's scheme on three points: (1) Puddling was useless; (2) Even if they could gat thequantity, they must lose the us 9of half the water ; (8) They could not use both lots of water on the Pelton wheel at the same time, as they would be at different pressures The only tbing he could see at all incorrect was the statement by Cr Lewitt that they had a credit balance of £100 when they had not provided a sinking fund. There was not really a credit balance of £100, x However, they were in a fair way to have their income overtake the amount of inter est and sinking fund, and the raising of tbe extra £1000 was a sound business proposition. He considered the Council was wise to go on and com plete tbe scheme. Cr Lewitt explained that there was at least £4Q to be added to tbe lighting scheme's credit in amounts earned by the engineer for the Council from installations for ratepayers. That amount was not added, and left the true balance at about £100.

Iα an3wer to Mr Dodds, Cr Lewi fc soid that 28 horse powar was tha amount used at present, and the machine could run 48 horse p >wer. Mr Dodds said it appeared to him a wise step to tap the Greban Valley creek. . Balguerie creek got very low sometimes, and, with the new arrangement, neither creek should feel the tapping so much. Cr Munro moved a poll be taken of ratepayers on the scheme to raise a further loan of £1000 to connect the Grahan Valley creek with the reservoir.

Seconded by Mr Dodds. The Mayor said that everything was in train to connect the Greban Valley creek. He considered Mr Henniug's scheme was quite unwork able. He knew the Balguerie creek well, and the. amount of water obtainable by Mr W. Rodriguez was very small indeed at tbis time of the '"' year. Both the Works and Lighting Committees bad spent a lot of time and trouble about observing the two creeks, and they were sure that there wa3 little difference v in them. He thought that Mr Henning mu3t see the force' of their arguments, and acknowledge that the linking up of the Greban Valley creek was the best. . He believed ail who bad the good of the district at heart would vote for the new loan.

Mr Henning said that after what Mr Bruce had said re puddling and the nature ef the hill?, he could see the futility of the scheme. Mr Howell bad had many years' experience in Central Otago among hilly place*, and be thought he should be qualified to give an opinion, Mr Bruce said the Council was wise to have a competent man in charge of the schema. It was stated at the time the plant could be locked up for a month and allowed to run, but this was pure fallacy

Mr Munro'a motion to go to a poll was declared carried unanimously. The, Mayor stated the poll would be taken on Tuesday, February 3,

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ELECTRIC LIGHT LOAN., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4365, 20 January 1914

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